"The First Noel" (also called The First Nowell) dates back to the 18th century or earlier. The word "Noel" comes from the French "Noël", meaning Christmas.

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You can hear the 1st three verses and the chorus in the mp3 below.

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Sung by Claire Goget, Sarah Marshall, Ashley Hunter and Jeremy P.

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Also sung by Monaxi.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

There are several versions of this carol. This version comes from "Carols, New and Old" (1871).

Image: The Annunciation to the Shepherds, Abraham Hondius, Dutch, 1663.

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