162. What Child Is This

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?

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: [Refrain]

3 So bring him incense, gold and myrrh,
come, rich and poor, to own him,
the King of kings salvation brings,
let loving hearts enthrone him. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: What Child is this who laid to rest
Title: What Child Is This
Author: William C. Dix
Publication Date: 1995
Meter: 87.87 w. refrain
Topic: God Known in Jesus Christ: Birth; Christian Year: Christmas; Jesus Christ (1 more...)
Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King
Tune Information
Meter: 87.87 w. refrain
Key: e minor
Source: English melody (16th century)

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