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The first Noel

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 Kind of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Sing 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 did they know assuredly
Within that house the King did lie
One entered in then for to see
And found the babe in poverty

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

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

If we in our time shall do well
We shall be free from death and hell
For God hath prepared for us all
A resting place in general