We do not know who composed The First Noel, but we do know that it is a Cornish carol that probably dates back to the seventeenth century. It has appeared in many different compilations of Christmas songs over the last two hundred years. Noel is the French word for Christmas, and the lyrics tell of Christ’s birth and the story of the shepherds and wise men who traveled to see him.
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