159. 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 (1837-1898)
Publication Date: 1955
Meter: 8. 7. 8. 7. with Refrain
Scripture: Matthew 2:11; Luke 2:7-14
Topic: Christ: Birth and Infancy; Christ: King; Jesus Christ: His Birth
Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King
Tune Information
Name: GREENSLEEVES
Meter: 8. 7. 8. 7. with Refrain
Key: e minor
Source: English melody; Probably 16th century



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