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Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

"Shepherds Find Him" by Joan Bohlig.
Used by permission of the artist. www.bohliggraphics.com

Two different a cappella arrangements of a beloved Polish carol
Poet/Lyricist: 
Polish carol / Elizabeth Alexander

This composite edition contains two different a cappella arrangements of the beloved Polish carol Infant Holy, Infant Lowly. The "Soulful Close Harmony" version is caressed with folk inflections and pentatonic embellishments. The "Classical Chorale" version contain rich inner voices and poignant suspensions.

In both arrangements the traditional English lyrics by Edith M. Reid are followed by an original third verse which speaks to the blessing ushered forth by all births.

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Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Verses 1 & 2 by Edith M. Reid
Verse 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.

Long-awaited, celebrated,
Babes are born each day and night.
Precious strangers laid in mangers
Or on bedding clean and bright.
New hearts beating, Old hearts warming,
Blessed greeting all-transforming,
Every birth brings love’s pure light.

Performers: 

Choir of First Unitarian Church - Elizabeth Alexander, conductor (Ithaca, NY)   * Premiere
Choir of Como Park Lutheran Church - Tom Ferry, conductor (Saint Paul, MN)
Choir of Jefferson Unitarian Church - Keith Arnold, conductor (Golden, CO)
Choir of Seosung Church - Samuel Choi, conductor (Daegu, SOUTH KOREA)
Choir of Unitarian-Universalist Church of Annapolis - Betsy Jo Angebranndt, conductor (Annapolis, MD)
Southwest Women's Chorus - Bill Paisner, conductor (Sun City, CA)

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