53. 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.

3 So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come one and all, to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Text Information
First Line: What Child is this, who, laid to rest
Title: What Child is This
Author: William C. Dix
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Scripture: Matthew 2:11; Luke 2:8-14
Language: English
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 ballad, 16th century; Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871, arr. from



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