138. What Child Is This, Who, Laid to Rest

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.
Nails, spear, 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, Who, Laid to Rest
Author: William C. Dix, 1837-1898
Meter: 8.7.8.7 with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2007
Scripture:
Topic: Christmas; Jesus Christ; Offering
Tune Information
Name: GREENSLEEVES
Meter: 8.7.8.7 with Refrain
Key: e minor
Source: Traditional English Melody



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