148. 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.
Nails, spears, shall pierce him through,
the cross be borne 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 (1865)
Publication Date: 2010
Scripture: Matthew 2:11; Luke 2:6-16
Topic: God the Son: Christmastide; Christian Year-Christmastide; Jesus Christ-Cross (1 more...)
Tune Information
Harmonizer: John Stainer
Key: e minor or modal
Source: Trad. English melody, 16th cent.

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