The first Noel the angel did say,
Was to three poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night with snow 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.
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.
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.
They entered in, these wise men three,
Full reverently upon their knee,
And offered there, in His presence,
Both gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.
Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
Who hath made heaven and earth of nought,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.
A. Edmonds Tozer, ed., Catholic Church Hymnal With Music (New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1905).