Christmas Carols

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The First Nowell

  1. The first Nowell, the angel did say,
    Was to certain poor shepherds
    In fields as they lay,
    In fields where they
    Lay keeping their sheep,
    On a cold winter's night
    That was so deep.
    Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell:
    Born is the King of Israel!
  2. They lookèd up and saw a star,
    Shining in the East, beyond them far;
    And to the earth it gave great light,
    And so it continued both day and night.
  3. And by the light of that same star,
    Three wise men came from country far;
    To seek for a king was their intent,
    And to follow the star wherever it went.
  4. This star drew nigh to the north-west;
    O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
    And there it did both stop and stay
    Right over the place where Jesus lay.
  5. Then entered in those wise men three,
    Full rev'rently upon their knee,
    And offered there in His presence,
    Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
  6. Then let us all with one accord
    Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
    That hath made heav'n
    And earth of nought,
    And with His blood mankind hath bought.