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Posted By: Joe Offer
15-Dec-15 - 09:30 PM
Thread Name: Disappearing Carols
Subject: RE: Disappearing Carols
DMcG makes mention above of "Infant Lowly." Dave, is that the Polish Carol, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly? The earliest English translation I've found is the 1921 rendition by Edith Margaret Gellibrand Reed. I don't know of any earlier.

I started playing it on my computer and my wife, whose first language was Polish, came right over. It's a lovely carol. Here's a recording: Since I made the excellent choice to marry a Polish woman (born in Rhode Island), I've been exposed to lots of wonderful Polish carols every Christmas. My wife and her mother used to sing snippets of carols to each other as the cooked up all sorts of Polish delicacies for Christmas. Alas, my mother-in-law died and my wife became a vegetarian. Polish carols and quinoa and kale just don't fit together.

My mother-in-law would have been 100 this year. She had hoped to be around to celebrate this year, but she died when she was 98. I still miss her. May she rest in peace.

Here's a playlist of Polish songs, mostly for Christmas: