“The First Noel” Chords & Lyrics

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Lyrics for “The First Noel” | Sheet Music

1. The first Noel, the angel(s) did say,
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;1
In fields where they, lay keeping their sheep,2
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep;3


Noel, Noel … Noel, Noel!
Born is the King of Israel.

2. 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; (chorus)

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,
high over the place where Jesus lay;

5. Then entered in those wise men three,
full reverently 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 heaven and earth of nought,
and with his blood mankind hath bought;

1  or “was to three poor shepherds”
2  comma may occur after “lay,” changing the line’s meter
also “tending” in place of keeping
3  or “on a cold winter’s night with snow so deep

Chord Progression in D Major

Chord Diagrams: D | A | G | f#m

       D        A       G             D
The first Noel, the angel did say,

            G                 f#m             G           A     D
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;

    D                 A           G                   D
In fields where they, lay keeping their sheep,

        G                  f#m        G     A  D
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

    D     f#m     G     D  A
Noel, Noel … Noel, Noel—!

G              f#m     G A D
Born is the King of Is-ra-el.

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