The author of this paper presents the connections of Old Polish Christmas carols with the world of music, which are manifested in the literary aspect of the preserved texts. The object of the research included issues such as: 1) the degree of saturation of the analysed works with the vocabulary derived from the field of music or referring to that field; 2) planes where this impact is particularly visible; 3) functions fulfilled by music and musical lexis in the narrative (fictional) aspect of the works; and 4) conditioning the degree of saturation of the analysed texts with musical elements on their belonging to various genre variations of Old Polish Christmas carols.
The research encompassed the 18th-century collection of Christmas carols recorded for the needs of Cracow Carmelite nuns, which included 358 texts of Christmas carols and 78 melodies, and which was published by Barbara Krzyżaniak in 1980. The author arranges the collected lexis into three major sets: 1) what is related to p l a y i ng mu s i c a l i n s t r ume n t s ; 2) what is related to s i n g i n g ; 3) what is related to d a n c i n g . What arises from the conducted research is that the lexis naming old instruments, both professional and folk ones, proved to be the best documented collection.
This paper is a continuation of a cycle dedicated to discussing the share of borrowed words in the vocabulary used in Rozprawy literackie (Literary Treatises) by M. Mochnacki. The author analyses the issue of Latin and Greek influences among others by indicating the manners of adapting the discusses borrowings to Polish, confirming their occurrence in lexicographic sources of the period, and conducting a sematic analysis of the vocabulary with the use of lexical and semantic fields. Based on the presented material, the researcher concludes that the discusses lexical resource cannot be considered innovative since the lexemes originating from Latin and Greek used by Mochnacki belong to the standard general variance of the 19th-century Polish language.
The conducted analysis falls into the stream of research devoted to the lexis of the 19th-century language.