The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

For Advent, Christmas

The Salutation Carol of the Angel Gabriel
Based on Luke 1:26-38,
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Words: The source for the first verse is unknown. Last two verses by Rev. R. R. Chope

Music: Old English
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #45. His source is unknown, but may be MS. Eng. Poet. e. 1.
Compare:
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell (Thomas Wright, Song #56a, 1847, from MS. Eng. poet. e. 1).

1. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel!
This is the salutation of the Angel Gabriel
Tidings true I bring to you Sent from the Trinity,
By Gabriel to Nazareth, City of Galilee,
A Maiden pure and Virgin bright, thro' Her humility,
Shall bear the Second Person of Blessed Deity.

2. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel!
This is the salutation of the Angel Gabriel
Tidings true I bring to you, ye Shepherds round about,
In Bethlehem the Lord is born, Go, Shepherds Seek Him out!
Ye there shall find the Holy Child, laid in a Manger poor!
Go, tell abroad these Tidings; Go, worship and adore.

3. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel!
This is the salutation of the Angel Gabriel
Tidings true I bring to you, with me the Angels sing,
In David's City is the Lord, the Saviour, Christ, the King!
Then men and Angels, carol on your loudest praise again,
To God on High all Glory, and Peace below to men!

Sheet Music from Chope

Editor's Note:

Versions of this carol on this site:

Richard L. Greene gives us 24 Carols of the Annunciation in his The Early English Carols (Oxford, 1935), #234-#257, pp. 166-184.

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