Favourite Christmas Songs #3:Bóg się rodzi

Words: Franciszek Karpiński [with a few quotes from the Gospel of John] (1792), Music: Unknown

The words speak of the Incarnation, and each verse ends by quoting John 1:14. They do capture the paradox of the incarnation quite well, including the shock that God would seek to share the trials of human beings. The final verse includes a patriotic touch, asking for Christ to bless the Polish nation and people.

The carol is set to majestic, soaring music which was once used at the coronation ceremonies for Polish kings. It’s rather appropriate, and you can feel a contrast between the humble status of Christ being described and the royal music.

Lyrics here
English translation of lyrics

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