411. 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 Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading. [Refrain]

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. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: What child is this, who, laid to rest
Title: What Child Is This
Author: William C. Dix, 1827-1898
Publication Date: 1986
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Scripture: Matthew 2:11; Luke 2:6-18
Topic: Epiphany; Christmas Season; Holy Family
Language: English
Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King
Tune Information
Name: GREENSLEEVES
Harmonizer: John Stainer, 18401-910
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Key: e minor or modal
Source: English Melody, 16th Ce.



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