712. 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 oxen now are feeding?
Good Christians, fear;
For sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through;
The cross He'll bear for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The babe, the Son of Mary!

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.
Raise, raise the song on high;
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The babe, the Son of Mary!

Text Information
First Line: What child is this who, laid to rest
Title: What Child Is This
Author: William C. Dix, 1837-98
Publication Date: 2007
Meter: 87 87 68 67
Topic: Christmas
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: GREENSLEEVES
Meter: 87 87 68 67
Key: e minor or modal
Source: English ballad, 16th cent.



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