Infant holy, Infant lowly (W zlobie lezy!) (Traditional)

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Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2001-02-19)  CPDL #02094:  Network.png PDF and MP3 Instrumental files
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2001-02-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 41 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Rod Mather

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Title: Infant holy, Infant lowly (W zlobie lezy!)
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional), English arrangement by Edith M. Reed from traditional Polish carol

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Languages: Polish, English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: The English language carol Infant holy, Infant lowly is arranged from the traditional Polish carol W zlobie lezy! appearing in Spiewniczek Piesni Koscielne (1908). It was translated from Polish to English (1921) by Edith M. Reed and arranged by her in 1926. The Polish text is probably attributable to Piotrowi Skardze (1536-1612) and appeared in the Michał M. Mioduszewski collection Śpiewnik kościelny czyli Pieśni nabożne z melodiami w Kościele Katolickim używane, Kraków 1838. The original Polish melody (tune) is from the 18th century.

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Original text and translations

Polish.png Polish text

W żłobie leży! Któż pobieży
Kolędować małemu
Jezusowi Chrystusowi
Dziś nam narodzonemu?
Pastuszkowie przybywajcie
Jemu wdzięcznie przygrywajcie,
Jako Panu naszemu.

My zaś sami z piosneczkami
Za wami pośpieszymy,
I tak Tego Maleńkiego
Niech wszyscy zobaczymy;
Jak ubogo narodzony
Płacze w stajni położony,
Więc go dziś ucieszymy.

English.png English text

by Edith M. Reed
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 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 Babe was born for you.

Spanish.png Spanish translation

by Pablo Filós (1920- )
Niño santo, sufres tanto
En tu cama sin calor.
Los que ignoran no te adoran:
Cristo el Niño es el Señor.
Y volando va cantando,
Ángel dando, proclamando:
Cristo el Niño es el Señor.
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Los pastores con temores
Sus rebaños vieron bien.
Y escucharon que cantaron
En los prados de Belén.
Y corrieron y creyeron
Cuando vieron y entendieron
Que Jesús nació en Belén.