137. 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, 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 Chatterton Dix (1837-1898)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: 87 87 with refrain
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:1-20; Hebrews 1:1-12; Revelation 19:11-16
Topic: Christmas; Epiphany
Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King
Tune Information
Meter: 87 87 with refrain
Key: e minor or modal
Source: English trad.; arr. Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871, alt.

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