.Hi! Could someone please intrepret this lyric for me? Thank you!
Q1: Who is the new born King? Does it refer to Jesus here? If I am right, why is Jesus referred to the King? Yes, it does. He was both "King of the Jews" by virtue of his descent from Kind David, and God.
Q2: What does 'ox and lame kept time' mean? Ox and lamb keep time = beat out the rhythm as the drummer boy plays on his drum.
Q3: Is there any metaphor for the drum? I think it means the celebration of Jesus's birth. Am I right? Not that I am aware of. The carol is simply the expression that all bring to the Lord what they can, in this case the drumming beat which is all the boy can offer. He is rewarded by the child smiling.
Little Drummer Boy lyrics