380. 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 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: 1994
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Scripture: Matthew 2:11; Luke 2:6-18
Topic: Seasons and Feasts: Epiphany
Language: English
Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King
Tune Information
Harmonizer: John Stainer, 1840-1901
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Key: e minor
Source: English melody, 16th C.

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