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53. 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.

3 So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come one and all, to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Text Information
First Line: What Child is this, who, laid to rest
Title: What Child is This
Author: William C. Dix
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Scripture: Matthew 2:11; Luke 2:8-14
Language: English
Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King
Tune Information
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Key: e minor
Source: English ballad, 16th century; Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871, arr. from

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