Behind the Christmas Carol: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly is a traditional Polish Christmas Carol.

Edith Margaret Gellibrand Reed, a British musician and playwright, translated the song into

God is with us

English and published it in December 1920.

She found the carol in the 1908 hymnal Spiewniczek Piesni Koscieline.

The origin of the song is believed to date back to possibly as far back as the 13th Century. This is based on manuscripts in the Polish Catholic Church.

The Polish text could possibly be attributed to Piotr Skarga (1536-1612).

The rhythm of the song resembles a mazurka, a Polish folk dance made popular by Frédéric Chopin.

May we never forget that the true meaning of Christmas is about the infant Holy.


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