Infant Holy, Infant Lowly | Hymn of the Week

Did you know the Christmas season lasts all the way until Epiphany (Jan 6)?

We love this simple, beautiful hymn that speaks of the joy of Christ’s coming and the wonder that he came as a fragile, lowly, human baby, just for us!


Verse 1
Infant holy, infant lowly,
for his bed a cattle stall;
oxen lowing, little knowing
Christ the babe is Lord of all.
Swiftly winging angels singing,
bells are ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the child is Lord of all!
Christ the child is Lord of all!

Verse 2
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 child was born for you!
Christ the child was born for you!

Text: Traditional Polish Carol, translated by Edith M. G. Reed (1920)
Music: W ZLOBIE LEZY, Polish melody
Copyright: Public Domain

a star stands above a quote from "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly," which says "Christ the child is born for you!"

This hymn is featured in our advent worship guide!


something Lovely

Here’s a beautiful arrangement of “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” sung by some friends of ours!

Lyric video

This is a simple, traditional version to sing along with.

New Version by Porter’s Gate

Porter’s Gate wrote some beautiful new verses for the traditional tune!

additional resources


Hymnary has lots of helpful information on hymns, including scans of hymnal pages, and text comparisons.


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