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December 10

"The First Nowell" is another traditional English carol. This carol adapted quite well to the banjo, and was fun to play. There are a total of nine verses, but I've included only the six listed in the Presbyterian Hymnal.

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The First Nowell

Words: Traditional English carol, 17th century
Music: THE FIRST NOWELL, English Carol

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.

They looked 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.


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.


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.


Then entered in those wise men three, Fell reverently upon their knee,
And offered there in His presence, Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.


Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth of nought, And with his blood our life hath bought.


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