The First Noel

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The First Nowell (parfois appelé The First Noel ou simplement Noël) est un chant de Noël traditionnel anglais datant probablement du XVIIIe siècle[1]. Dans sa forme actuelle, la chanson est d'origine cornouaillaise, et fut publiée pour la première fois dans Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) et Gilbert and Sandys Christmas Carols (1833), tous les deux édités par William B. Sandys.

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The First Nowell

The first Nowell 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

Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, 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 whersoever it went

This star drew nigh to the north-west
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay

Then entered in those Wise Men three
Fell reverently upon their knee
And offered there in his presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense

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 hath bought

Notes et références[modifier | modifier le code]

  1. Remembered as the treble part to a carol Hark, hark the angels sing, according to Annie G. Gilchrist, Note on the Carol The First Nowell, Journal of the Folk-Song Society 519 (June 1915), pp. 240-242