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The First Nowell

The First Nowell is a "Christmas carol" sheet music from Cornwall for the piano. The composer of this score is unknown, but it is known that this music was written in c. 1700. The lyrics of this sheet music are traditional. This sheet music has been arranged by Ian Cantor.

Composer Unknown (c. 1700)
Author Traditional
Arranger Ian Cantor
Typeset Ian Cantor
Origin EuropeEurope > United KingdomUnited Kingdom > EnglandEngland > CornwallCornwall
Kind Christmas carol
Instruments Piano
Key signature D major
Rythm 3/4
Downloaded 18682
License Creative Commons BY-SA Creative Commons BY-SA


You can download this free sheet music for the piano below:

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txt The_First_Nowell.txt  1005 bytes
pdf The_First_Nowell.pdf  39.48 KiB
The First Nowell - 1
1. O well, O well, the Angels did say

To shepherds there in the fields did lay;
Late in the night a-folding their sheep,
A winter's night, both cold and bleak.
O well, O well, O well, O well,
Born is the King of Israel.

2. And then there did appear a Star,

Whose glory then did shine so far:
Unto the earth it gave a great light,
And there it continued a day and a night.

3. And by the light of that same Star,

Three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek a King was their intent -
They follow'd the Star wherever it went.

4. The Star went before them unto the North West,

And seemed o'er the City of Bethlehem to rest,
And there did remain by night and by day,
Right over the place where Jesus Christ lay.

5. Then enter'd in these Wise Men three,

With reverence fall on their knee,
And offer'd up in His presence
The gifts of gold and frankincense.

6. 'Tween an ox manger and an ass,

Our Blest Messiah's place it was;
To save us all from bond and thrall,
He was a Redeemer for us all!

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