The First Noel

The First Noel
An ancient song from Cornwall

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Also known as The First Nowell, Noel is an early English word which also meant Christmas.

Believed to have originated in Cornwall, the tune is unique because one musical verse is repeated twice, followed by a “chorus” which is a simply a variation of the verse.

There are dozens of versions of the lyrics, many entirely different. Below are what are considered the “standard” lyrics to The First Noel.

The first Nowell the angels 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:
(Chorus)
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
Born is the King of Israel.

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The asterix (*) is used to denote space or silence in the music, but beginners may ignore the asterix.

THE FIRST NOEL

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|5 * * * 6 7|8 * 7 * 6 * |

|5 * * * 6 7|8 * 7 * 6 *| 

|5 * 6 * 7*| 8 * 5 * 4 * | 3 * * * * *|

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