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"The First Noel"

Traditional Christian Religious Christmas Carol

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Bebe and CeCe Winans - First Christmas

Bebe and CeCe Winans - First Christmas

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The traditional religious Christmas carol "The First Noel" is generally thought to be English, dating back as early as the 13th century, but more likely being from the 16th century. Some have believed that "The First Noel" was French due to the French spelling of Noel being used instead of the olde English Anglo-Saxon spelling, Nowell. "The First Noel" was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols put together by William B. Sandys.

The carol has been covered by artists from just about every style of music. From Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan and Vanessa Williams to Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers -- secular artists have done the song justice for years. As for Christian artists, there are several great versions out there for your listening enjoyment. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

"The First Noel"

The First Noel, the Angels 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!

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.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

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.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both Pause and stay
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then entered in those Wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of nought
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Source: Public domain

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