The first nowell

was to Bethlehem’s 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 Then wise men from a country far
looked up and saw a guiding star;
they travelled on by night and day
to reach the place where Jesus lay:

Nowell, nowell…

3 At Bethlehem they entered in,
on bended knee they worshipped him;
they offered there in his presence
their gold and myrrh and frankincense:

Nowell, nowell…

4 Then let us all with one accord
sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
for Christ has our salvation wrought
and with his blood our life has bought:

Nowell, nowell…

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