The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Fyfe's Noel

The First Noel An Angel Sung

Words: Traditional

Music: Traditional

Source: Richard R. Terry, Gilbert and Sandys' Christmas Carols (London: Burns Oakes and Washbourne, Ltd., 1931), pp 26-27.

1. The first Noel an angel sung,
The carol of an angel's tongue,
While shepherds watching o'er the night,
Heard both the song and saw the light,
Heard both the song and saw the light,

  Noel, Noel, Noel,
    Noel, Noel, Noel,
    Noel, Noel;
    Born is the King,
    The King of Israel

2. Now by a strange and sudden star,
Three wise men went their way afar;
And journey'd on the deep intent,
To seek a king, where'er it went. Chorus

3. The star, their guide 'twixt north and west,
O'er Bethlem's walls at length took rest;
And here it's light, in one calm stay,
Fell o'er the place where Jesus lay. Chorus

4. The Eastern sages watch its rays,
And silent stand in solemn gaze.
One enters in; and meek and mild,
He finds the new-born Heavenly Child. Chorus

5. In gentle bands the infant lay,
In manger, 'mid the corn and hay;
The Son of David's royal line
Was born within the stalls for kine. Chorus

6. Then entered in those wise men three,
And bowed their heads with bended knee;
They knelt before the Babe Divine,
Led to him by faithful sign. Chorus

7. Those wise men three, with off'ring meet,
Fall down a worship Jesus' feet;
With offerings rich, the gifts of old,
Rare myrrh, and frankincense, and gold. Chorus

Sheet Music from Sir Richard Runciman Terry, Gilbert and Sandys' Christmas Carols (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, Ltd., 1931)
SATB From Fyfe: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Sheet Music from Sir Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #10, pp. 20-21.

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Rev. Terry noted:

Fyfe entitles this carol 'The First Noel. - (An older composure).' To distinguish it from the better known carol bearing the same title. I have called it 'Fyfe's Noel.' Sheet music from William Wallace Fyfe, Christmas: It's Customs and Carols (London: James Blackwood, 1860), p. 153.

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