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Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Composer David Ashley White
Text Polish carol; tr. Edith G. Reed, 1926
Voicing Two-part mixed voices, keyboard, opt. flute or violin
Church Season Christmas
1' 30" Price $1.15 (U.S.) Released 6/95
Catalog no. 405-236 Difficulty Moderately easy

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"David Ashley White's Infant Holy, Infant Lowly is a tender setting of an original tune to familiar words. This is vintage D.A.W.; even though the tune is new, it seems I've always known it. I receommend it highly for any configuration of high voices: boys, mixed children's choirs, girls, even adult solo voices. It somehow captures the gentle magic of Christmas Eve by candlelight." -AAM Journal, October 1995

Description A nativity hymn that can be understood by children and adults. The text, a Polish carol, is simple yet compelling, and the same can be said of White's setting. Flute or violin is optional, yet adds a great deal.

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.

Text: Polish carol; trans. Edith M.G. Reed, 1926.

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