What Child Is This

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What Child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
haste, haste to bring him laud,
the babe, the son of Mary.
Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
haste, haste to bring him laud,
the babe, the son of Mary.
So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
haste, haste to bring him laud,
the babe, the son of Mary.

Text Information View on Hymnary

First Line:
What child is this, who, laid to rest
Title:
What Child Is This
Author:
W. Chatterton Dix
Meter:
8.7.8.7 with refrain
Language:
English
Refrain First Line:
This, this is Christ the King
Copyright:
Public Domain

Tune Information View on Hymnary

Title:
GREENSLEEVES
Meter:
8.7.8.7.6.8.6.7
Copyright:
Public Domain