Comparative lyrics

What Child, Nowell

Tuesday 16 August 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

"What Child, Nowell" from Tori’s seasonal record Midwinter Graces is a mixture of two well-known English carols : "What Child Is This?" and "The First Nowell" (also known as "The First Noel"). As most of the carol covers on the album, Tori changed and added some of the lyrics.

Here, you can compare Tori’s version with the lyrics of the two carols. For better appreciation, I used different colors.
Black: the lyrics are the same as the original carol
[rouge]Red:[/rouge] Tori’s additional lyrics

I reported these colours on the two carols lyrics as well. In this case, the lyrics in red are the ones that have been left out in Tori’s version.

What Child, Nowell

What Child is this who laid to rest
on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet
while shepherds watch are keeping

This is [rouge]winter’s gift
This is what begins[/rouge]

“Nowell, Nowell, Nowell”
[rouge]Every voice was singing[/rouge]
“Nowell, Nowell, Nowell
Born [rouge]this day a new[/rouge]
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell”

[rouge]What child is this who now awakes in
every heart each morning?
From dazzling light through silver sky
bring peace now from creation[/rouge]

What Child Is This? (from the Lutheran Service Book)

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping,
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?

[rouge]This[/rouge], this is [rouge]Christ the King[/rouge],
[rouge]Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;1
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,2
The baby, the son of Mary!

2. Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.3
Nails, spear shall pierce him through,4
The Cross be borne for me, for you;5
Hail, hail the Word Made Flesh,6
The babe, the son of Mary!

3. So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own Him!7
The King of Kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him!8
Raise, raise the song on high!4
The virgin sings her lullaby.9
Joy! joy! for Christ is born,
The babe, the son of Mary![/rouge]

The First Nowell

[rouge]The first Nowell the Angel did say
Was to three poor Shepherds in fields as they lay.
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
In a cold winter’s night that was so deep.[/rouge]

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell.
Born [rouge]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.[/rouge]


[rouge]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.[/rouge]


[rouge]This Star drew nigh to the North West;
O’er Bethlehem it took it’s rest.
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.[/rouge]


[rouge]Then did they know assuredly
Within that house, the King did lie
One entered in then for to see
And found the babe in poverty.[/rouge]


[rouge]Then enter’d in those Wise Men three,
Full reverently upon their knee,
And offer’d there, in his presence,
Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.[/rouge]


[rouge]Between an ox stall and an ass,
This Child truly there born he was;
For want of clothing they did him lay
All in a manger, among the hay.[/rouge]


[rouge]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 mankind hath bought. [/rouge]


[rouge]If we in our time shall do well
We shall be free from death and Hell
For God hath prepared for us all[/rouge]
[rouge]A resting place in general.[/rouge]