Infant holy, infant lowlyParaphraser: Edith M. G. Reed (1921)
Tune: W ZLOBIE LEZY
Published in 58 hymnals
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1 Infant holy, infant lowly,
for his bed a cattle stall;
oxen lowing, little knowing
Christ the child is Lord of all.
Swiftly winging angels singing,
bells are ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the child is Lord of all!
Christ the child is Lord of all!
2 Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping
vigil till the morning new
saw the glory, heard the story,
tidings of a gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,
praises voicing, greet the morrow:
Christ the child was born for you!
Christ the child was born for you!
|First Line:||Infant holy, infant lowly|
|Title:||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly|
|Paraphraser:||Edith M. G. Reed (1921)|
|Source:||Polish carol; Polish|
all st. = Luke 2:1-20
Evoking the atmosphere at the manger (st. 1) and among the shepherds (st. 2), this traditional Polish carol tells the Christmas story in short phrases with tight rhymes. A final refrain sums up the significance of the event Christ the child, Lord of all, was born for our salvation!
“W Zlobie Lezy” ("In a manger lies") may date back to the thirteenth or fourteenth century. However, it was not published until the early twentieth century, when it was included with its traditional tune in Spiewniczek Piesni Koscielne (1908). Edith M. Gellibrand Reed (b. Islington, Middlesex, England, 1885; d. Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, 1935) translated the text into English and published it in Music and Youth (vol. 1, Dec. 1921), a journal that she edited.
Reed was educated at the Guildhall School of Music in London, England, and devoted her life to the musical education of children. In association with Percy Scholes she edited various magazines such as Music and Youth, The Music Student, and Pan’s Pipes. Her publications include Story Lives of Great Composers. (1925) and several Christmas dramas. She also contributed to the Kingsway Carol Book and various church school songbooks.
Christmas season, in regular worship services, or in carol and candlelight services, especially those that feature carols from many lands.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (30)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #106||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||Wilbur Lee||184.108.40.206.8.8.7||Luke 2:7||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #213||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||Danny Zaloudik||220.127.116.11.8.8.7||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major or modal||English||2008|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #139||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||Wilbur Lee||18.104.22.168.8.8.7||Luke 2:8-14||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major or modal||2010|
|Celebration Hymnal #279||Infant holy, infant lowly, For His bed a cattle stall;||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||22.214.171.124.8.8.7||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major or modal||1997|
|Chalice Hymnal #163||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||A. E. Rusbridge||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52||Luke 2:7-20||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major or modal||1995|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #163||Infant holy, Infant lowly||2000|
|Common Praise #125||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed (1885-1933)||David Hugh Jones (1900-1983)||184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11||Luke 2:1-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-12; Luke 2:1-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-12||POLISH CAROL (W ZLOBIE LEZY)||F Major or modal||1998|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #328||Infant holy, Infant lowly||Infant holy, Infant lowly||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #342||Infant holy, Infant lowly||18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #276||Infant holy, infant lowly||Edith M. G. Reed, 1885-1933||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52||W ŻŁOBIE LEŻY||F Major or Modal||2006|
|Gather Comprehensive #354||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed, 1885-1933||A. E. Rusbridge, 1917-1969||184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.4.7||Luke 2:6-18||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major or modal||English||1994|
|Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #377||Infant holy, Infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed, 1885-1933||A. E. Rusbridge, 1971-1969||18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.4.4.7||W ZLOBIE LEZY||English||2004|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #128||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||Arthur E. Rusbridge||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52||Luke 2:6-20; Revelation 17:14||W ŻŁOBIE ŁEŻY||G Major or modal||English||2013|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #86||Infant holy, Infant lowly||Edith M. G. Reed (1885-1933)||A. E. Rusbridge (1917-1969)||184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11||INFANT HOLY||G Major or modal||Polish; English||1987|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #251||Infant holy, Infant lowly||18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124||1996|
|Lutheran Service Book #393||Infant holy, Infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed, 1885-1933||Joseph Herl, b. 1959||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206||Luke 2:1-20||W ŻŁOBIE LEŻY||F Major or modal||English||2006|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #37||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||A. E. Rusbridge, 1917-1969||220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.4.4.7||Luke 2:8||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #353||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199||W ZLOBIE LEZY||F Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #221||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy||Edith M. G. Reed||David Hugh Jones||188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.4.4.7||INFANT HOLY||A Flat Major||English||1985|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #127||Infant holy, infant lowly||Ẉ ZLOBIE LEZY||1985|
|Sing Joyfully #211||Infant holy, Infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||[Infant holy, Infant lowly]||F Major||English||1989|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #119||Infant holy, Infant lowly for His bed a cattle stall||W Zlobie Lezy||2006|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #169||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed, 1885-1933||220.127.116.11.8.8.7||Luke 2:1-20||W ZLOBIE LEZY||F Major or modal||1996|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #143||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith E. M. Reed||Joseph Barlowe||18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major or modal||English||1986|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #229||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||Austin C. Lovelace; Edith M. G. Reed||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.4.4.7||Luke 2:6-20||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #169||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||David Hugh Jones||184.108.40.206.8.8.7||Philippians 2:11; Philippians 2:7-8; Acts 2:36; Luke 2:6-20; Luke 2:11; Revelation 17:14||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #292||Infant holy, Infant lowly||220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168||1999|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #216||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||22.214.171.124.8.8.7||Luke 2:8-12; Revelation 17:14||W ZLOBIE LEZY||A Flat Major||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #58||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed||A. E. Rusbridge||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52||W ŻŁOBIE LEŻY||G Major||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #221||Infant holy, infant lowly||Infant Holy, Infant Lowly||Edith M. G. Reed, 1885-1933||A.E. Rusbridge, 1917-1969||184.108.40.206.8.7.7||John 3:16; Luke 2:7-20||W ZLOBIE LEZY||G Major or modal||2001|