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Polish carol: Jesu, loveliest of flowers (Jezu, sliczny kwicie). SATB choir a cappella (in English).

Composer
Polish trad. 19th Century, arr.
Year of composition
1820
Year of arrangement
2015
Lyricist
Anon., translated by Douglas Brooks-Davies
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Other
Instrumentation
Choir
Instrumental parts
Not available
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This is a simple a cappella arrangement of a delightful carol to the infant Jesus, and virtually unknown outside Poland. I have translated the original text from M.M. Mioduszewski’s Spiewnik Koscielny (Church Song Book) (Krakow, 1838). This is also the source of the melody. I have translated vv.1-3 as accurately as possible while attempting to accommodate the subtleties of Polish rhymes into the clumsier English. To avoid repetition, I have reduced vv.4-8 into my verse 4 and compressed the meaning of the remaining six verses into my final verse, 5. The linking passages are all mine, as is the conclusion to the final verse.

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