The First Noel

 

Traditional

Arranged By:  Gordon Jenkins

Album Title:  The Sinatra Christmas Album

Label:  Capitol Records

Recorded:  July 16, 1957

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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.

 

cho: 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.

 

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 whereever it went.

 

This star drew nigh to the northwest;

O'er Bethlehem it took its rest.

And there it did both stop and stay,

Right over the place whcre Jesus lay.

 

Then they did 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,

Full reverently, upon bended knee,

And offered there, in His presence,

Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

 

If we in our time do well

We shall be free from death and hell

For God hath prepared for us all

A resting place in general.