198. What Child Is This

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1 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?

Chorus:
This, this is Christ, the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

2 Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.[Chorus]

3 So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.[Chorus]

Text Information
First Line: What Child is this, who, laid to rest
Title: What Child Is This
Author: William C. Dix
Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King
Meter: 8.7.8.7. with Chorus
Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
Topic: Jesus, King; Jesus, Savior
Tune Information
Name: GREENSLEEVES
Harmonizer: John Stainer
Meter: 8.7.8.7. with Chorus
Key: e minor
Source: Traditional English Melody, 16th Century



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