Monday, December 20, 2010
The First Noel
We continue our countdown to Christmas with our next famous carol, "The First Noel".
This song is of unknown origin. It is generally thought to be English, dating back to the 16th century. There is a misconception that this song is of French origin because of the French spelling of "Noel", as opposed to the olde English spelling of "Nowell". This song was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern", gathered by William B. Sandys.