74. 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?

[Refrain:]
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 Christians, fear; for sinners here
the silent Word is pleading. [Refrain]

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. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: What child is this, who, laid to rest
Title: What Child is This
Author: William Chatterton Dix
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Topic: The Christian Year: Christmas; Annunciation; Biblical Characters: Mary, Mother of Jesus (18 more...)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King
Tune Information
Name: GREENSLEEVES
Harmonizer (attributed to): John Stainer (1871)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Key: G Major
Source: English melody, 16th century



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