Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

SSA a cappella (women or children's)

An intimate arrangement of this favorite Polish carol, with rich inner voices and poignant suspensions. The traditional English lyrics are followed by an additional verse, which speaks to the blessing which arrives with all births, in all times. A Yuletide delight for women's or advanced children's choirs.

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Choir of Seosung Church; Samuel Choi, conductor. Daegu, SOUTH KOREA
Southwest Women's Chorus; Bill Paisner, conductor. Sun City & Timecula, CA

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Polish carol (arr.), additional lyrics by Elizabeth Alexander

"Infant Holy, Infant Lowly"
Polish folk carol, arranged by Elizabeth Alexander
Vs. 1. and 2. Singing Translation by Edith M. G. Reed
Vs. 3. by Elizabeth Alexander

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.

Flocks were sleeping, Shepherds keeping
Vigil 'til the morning new.
Saw the glory, Heard the story
Tidings of a gospels true.
Thus rejoicing, Free from sorrow,
Praises voicing, Greet the morrow,
Christ the babe was born for you.

Poor and wealthy, Sick and healthy,
Babes are born each day and night.
In a stable like the fable,
Or on bedding clean and bright.
New hearts beating, Old hearts warming,
Blessed greeting all-transforming,
Every birth brings love's pure light.

Verse 3 © 2000 by Elizabeth Alexander