'The First Noel' Chords

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A History of the Song

"The First Noel" originated in its current form from Cornwall, England, first appearing in William Sandys' 1823 songbook Carols Ancient and Modern.

Popular Recordings of 'The First Noel'

The Christmas Carol has become one of the standards in the genre, covered by dozens of popular artists including:

 The First Noel Chords

Chords Used: G | D | C | Bm

    G       D      C         G
The first Noel the angel did say,
       C            Bm           C         D    G
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
   G            D        C             G
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
     C            Bm         C   D  G
On a cold winters night that was so deep

Chorus:
  G     Bm    C     G  D
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
C           Bm      C  D G
Born is the King of Is-rael.

Other verses:
They looked up and saw a star,
Shining in the East, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave good light;
And so it continued both day and night.

This star drew nigh to the North West,
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there it did stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Then enter'd in there Wise Men three
Full rev'rently on bended knee,
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

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