EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
(Sign this very slowly and broadly)
1. FIRST CHRISTMAS ARRIVE, ANGEL THEY-ctr,hi #DO-DO?
COMFORT POOR SHEPHERDS IN GRASS~THEREABOUTS THEY-ctr LIE"over time".
GRASS~THEREABOUTS THEY-ctr LIE"over time" TAKE-CARE-OF"each" THEIR-ctr SHEEP.
DURING WINTER ALL-NIGHT, COLD* AWFUL*.
Refrain: ||: CHRISTMAS ARRIVE (3x) :|| TONIGHT ISRAEL KING BORN FINISH.
2. THEY-ctr MANY-LOOK-UP-TO-rt EAST,
SAW STAR FAR-AWAY SHINE-DOWN-ON-lf.
STAR SHINE-DOWN-ON-lf EARTH BRIGHT* CRAZY-FOR .
STAR SHINE-DOWN-ON-lf CONTINUE"over time" ALL-DAY~ALL-NIGHT. Refrain
3. STAR SHINE-DOWN-ON-lf HELP GUIDE WHO?
WISE MAN THREE-OF-THEM@rt TRAVEL'in slow flat spiral'-TO-lf.
GO-TOWARDS-GOAL FIND KING REALLY-WANT.
THREE-OF-THEM@rt FOLLOW"over time" STAR 5^-CL'move < lf but shine on same place'. Refrain
4. STAR 5^-CL'move < lf but shine on same place' NORTH WEST THEREABOUTS.
||: ARRIVE BETHLEHEM, STOP (pause), STAY*-'in sky' (pause). :||
SHOW"all' PLACE JESUS LAY"over time". Refrain
5. NOW BECOME CLEAR, ALL-OF-THEM@rt KNOW
INSIDE THAT-lf HOUSE OUR KING NOW LIE"over time".
WISE MAN ONE* ENTER WANT WITNESS.
FIND BABY IN MANGER HIS-lf SURROUNDINGS POOR. Refrain
6. WISE MAN THREE-OF-THEM-rt #DO-DO,
RESPECT-lf GET-ON KNEES (2h)alt.X-CL'walk on knees to lf' BOW-DOWN.
(2h)alt.GIFT-TO-lf GOLD, INCENSE TWO* KIND.
BOTH FRAGRANCE BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRED*. Refrain
7. (<) THERE-lf COW, (<) THERE-rt DONKEY,
BETWEEN TWO-OF-THEM CHRIST C-H-I-L-D LIE"over time".
MOTHER MARY WRAP HIS-lf BODY SMALL.
MANGER, SOFT GRASS THROW-DOWN"each" BABY LAY-baby-DOWN. Refrain
8. #ALL-OF-US NEED NOW GO-AHEAD HOMOGENOUS'same',
SING PRAISE TO HEAVEN ITS-rt LORD.
HIMSELF-lf DO-MAGIC, (<) MAKE HEAVEN, (>) MAKE EARTH.
PLUS HIS-lf BLOOD WILL POUR-OUT, PAY-OFF OUR DEBT. Refrain
9. IF WE LIVE SHOW"all" HIS-lf GLORY,
WE WILL FREE, NONE DIE, NONE HELL.
MEAN GOD PREPARE FOR US HOME NEW.
HAPPEN WE DIE, READY THIS EARTH LEAVE. Refrain
Notes: The signs between "||:" and ":||" are to be repeated.
MANY-LOOK-UP-TO-rt - (2h) move FT towards Heaven as if many eyes were looking towards the star.
CRAZY-FOR - [5:], PO > singer, FO up, is shaken slightly from side to side.
TRAVEL'in slow flat spiral' - [V:], PO down, moving in a slow spiral to show the travle of the wise men.
GO-TOWARDS-GOAL - Like the sign GOAL but the DH moves in a vertical circle while going towards the goal to show a constant process.
5^-CL'move rt but indicate same place' - Use a [5^] whose PO is > a spot on the left where the manger is and the "star" move > left but the PO moves more and more downward, pointing fixedly to the same spot.
STAY*-'in sky' - STAY, but emphatic and with the POs away, FOs up.
ALL-OF-THEM@lf - [A], PO down, FO > NDS is held at NDS then swings away in an arc and ends [L^], PO down, FO away.
ONE* - [1^], PO up, FO away, moves upward rapidly until PO > singer, FO up.
WITNESS -  touches under eye while head moves down.
MANGER - (2h), FOs down interlace fingers and then separate while ascending in outward arcs.
SURROUNDINGS - , PO down, FO away, circles above NDH , PO > DS, FO up.
(2h)alt.X-CL'walk on knees to lf' - (2h)[X], FOs down and walking alt. to show walking on the knees.
INCENSE - NDH , PO > signer, FO up, is held somewhat low, DH produces SMELL, then [5^], PO down, starts at end of incense stick and circles upwards like smoke.
FRAGRANCE - , PO > NDS, FO up, is held at NDS of nose and passes nose just below nostrils while closing to a [O^].
THERE - [B], PO up, FO > the thing to be honored.
MARY - [M] touches NDS temple, is drawn across forehead, and descends. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Mary - 1.
WRAP - (2h)[O^], PO > signer, FOs ><, DH spirals while moving > NDS as if wrapping up NDH.
THROW-DOWN"each" - (2h)[S], POs down, FOs away, descend while opening to (2h), while moving > DS as if dropping hay into the manger.
LAY-baby-DOWN - (2h)[B^], lay baby in manger while supporting head and bottom.
#ALL-OF-US - [A], PO > NDS, FO up touches DS shoulder then [L^], PO > signer touches NDS shoulder.
GO-AHEAD - (2h)[B^ dot], POs ><, FOs away, move forward in a jerk.
HOMOGENOUS'same' - (2h)[Y], POs down, FOs away, circle horizontally while mouthing "same". For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - standard.
DO-MAGIC - (2h)[O^], hold out index fingers which describe a circle in the air symmetrically, starting together, rising, separating, etc., and end with the index fingers retracting back to (2h)[O^] and then open to (2h)[5^].
POUR-OUT - (2h)[C] pour out from an imaginary container.
PAY-OFF - [open 8] runs middle finger up palm (> wrist), changes to a [B], PO down, and then moves back across palm.
DEBT - [1^] taps FT against palm of [B], PO up, FO away. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Debt.
GLORY - (2h), POs ><, FOs away from signer, DH which is on top wiggles fingers while ascending. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Glory.
NONE - (2h)[O], POs ><, FOs up, swivel forward at elbows. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: None.
1. The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay tending their sheep,
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Refrain: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.
2. 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.
3. And by the light of that same star
Three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.
4. This star drew nigh to the northwest,
Over Bethlehem it took its rest;
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.
5. Then did they know assuredly
Within that house the King did lie;
One entered it them for to see,
And found the Babe in poverty.
6. Then entered in those Wise Men three,
Full reverently upon the knee,
And offered there, in His presence,
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
7. Between an ox stall and an ass,
This Child truly there He was;
For want of clothing they did Him lay
All in a manger, among the hay.
8. Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.
9. If we in our time shall do well,
We shall be free from death and hell;
For God hath prepared for us all
A resting place in general.
To hear the music (without words), go to The cyber hymnal: The first Noel.
To see another translation of this hymn performed, go to The First Noel.