128. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

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1 Infant holy, infant lowly,
for his bed a cattle stall;
oxen lowing, little knowing
Christ the babe is Lord of all.
Swift are winging angels singing,
noels ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the babe is Lord of all!
Christ the babe is Lord of all!

2 Flocks were sleeping; shepherds keeping
vigil till the morning new
saw the glory, heard the story,
tidings of the gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,
praises voicing greet the morrow:
Christ the babe was born for you!
Christ the babe was born for you!

Text Information
First Line: Infant holy, infant lowly
Title: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Translator: Edith M. G. Reed (1920; rev. 1921)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7.7
Scripture: Luke 2:6-20; Revelation 17:14
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Source: Polish carol
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: W ŻŁOBIE ŁEŻY
Harmonizer: Arthur E. Rusbridge (1962)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7.7
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Polish folk melody
Notes: (this tune in a lower key, 410)


Text Information:

The English text of this 13th- or 14th-century Polish carol does not try to tell a story but to offer verbal snapshots of the well-known Nativity narrative of Luke 2:6–20. The tune name quotes the opening of the Polish text and means “He lies in a cradle” or “In manger lying.”


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