The First Noel (There Is No Rose)

The first Noel, A beautiful tapestry of sound awaits in this fresh new take of the well-known carol. With a returning motive based on by the medieval carol “There Is No Rose,” old and new are combined in lush, sweeping harmony for SATB choir. May be accompanied by piano or optional orchestra.  Duration 3:35-5:50, depending on inclusion of optional introduction and optional a cappella verse.

The first Noel the angel 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.

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.


This star drew nigh to the northwest;
o’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
and there it did both stop and stay,
right over the place where Jesus lay.


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 our life hath bought.


There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu;

For in this rose contained was
Heaven and earth in little space;
Res miranda.

By that rose we may well see
That He is God in persons three,
Pari forma.

The angels sungen the shepherds to:
Gloria in excelsis Deo:

Now leave we all this worldly mirth
And follow we this joyful birth;