The United Methodist Hymnal


The First Noel

1	The first Noel 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.

	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. 

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. [Refrain]

4	This star drew nigh to the northwest, 
	o'er Bethlehem it took its rest; 
	and there it did both stop and stay, 
	right over the place where Jesus lay. [Refrain]

5	Then entered in those Wise Men three, 
	full reverently upon the knee, 
	and offered there, in his presence, 
	their gold and myrrh and frankincense. [Refrain]

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 Luke 2:8-14
Theme: Biblical Narrative; Christ's Gracious Life: Birth and Baptism; Christ's Gracious Life: Birth and Baptism; Christian Year: Christmas; Christian Year: Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ; Responses, Antiphonal