Let’s Sing: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Today we continue our Advent/Christmas series titled “Let’s Sing.” This is our 12th song of the series. For easy reference to the remainder of the series, please see the index, “Let’s Sing” at http://revbroyles.me/2020/12/06/lets-sing/.

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 ’til 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. 
Christ the babe was born for you. 

It is always interesting to me how we can make an assumption and turn out to be totally wrong. Until I became a United Methodist some 35 years ago, much like “In the Bleak Midwinter” I don’t think I had ever heard this carol. When I did hear it I loved it. At some point during Advent/Christmas, I make sure this is a song we sing sometime for worship during these seasons.

The assumption I made back then was, this is a (at that time) contemporary Christmas song. When I started working on today’s post I learned, I was wrong. It is not a contemporary song at all. Both the arrangement of the music and the translation of the lyrics date back to the mid 1920s. It was definitely not a song contemporary to the 1970s or 1980s.

Edith M. G. Reed translated the lyrics, referred to as “Polish Carol” in the United Methodist Hymnal, in 1925. She arranged an old traditional Polish melody that is the musical setting for the carol in 1926.

Eastern Europe has a great wealth of music available to us but because of World War II and the Cold War that followed little made it to the West. This is one song that did.

I decided to do something a bit different with the blog today. Here is “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-infant-holy-infant-lowly-1

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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