The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Noel, Noel, Noel

Words: Noel Nouvelet, Traditional French, 15th Century
English Traditional Carol, 17-18th Century
Translator: Mrs. K. W. Simpson, circa 1930

Tune: Noel Nouvelet, French Traditional, 15th Century.
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

Source: Eric Routley, University Carol Book (Brighton: H. Freeman & Co., 1961)

1. Noel, Noel, Noel,
Now together sing!
Faithful people crying.
‘Lord, our thanks we bring’
Singing Noel, Noel, To Him our little King,
Noel, Noel, Noel
Let your voices ring.

2. Clearly spake the Angel:
‘Shepherds, come away!
Peaceful and rejoicing
Bethlem seek this day!
This little Lamb is born to be our King!’
Noel, Noel, Noel
Let your voices ring.

3. There they found together
Joseph – Mary blest –
Cradling from the weather
Jesus at Her breast1
Only a manger for the Heavenly King!
Noel, Noel, Noel
Let your voices ring.

4. Kings draw nigh to greet Him,
Neath the shining star,
Seeking Bethlem city
From their countries far.
Here, in the dawn they find their Infant King!
Noel, Noel, Noel
Let your voices ring.

5. See! One beareth incense,
Others, gold and myrrh!
Offering them to Jesus
Sleeping sweetly there.
See! In the manger, beauty blossoming!
Noel, Noel, Noel
Let your voices ring.

6. See our Saviour Jesus
Who, by His great deeds
From despair will save us,
Dying for our needs.
Shedding His blood, that all the world may sing,
Noel, Noel, Noel
Let your voices ring.

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