Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The First Noel

First published in 1823 in a collection, The First Noel has been passed down since possibly as early as the 16th century. The song is of Cornish (English) origin, not French as some believe. The French spelling of the word "noel" is due to the Norman (French) influence on the English language after the Norman invasion in 1066. The title is sometimes spelled with the Anglo-Saxon "nowell".

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