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?

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
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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