112. 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 low estate
where ox and lamb 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
Author: William Chatterton Dix (1865)
Language: English
Publication Date: 2017
Topic: Jesus Christ: Incarnation
Tune Information
Harmonizer: John Stainer
Key: e minor
Source: Traditional English melody, 16th cent.

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