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530. 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, 1827-1898
Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Scripture: ;
Topic: Christmas Season; Epiphany; Giving (3 more...)
Tune Information
Name: GREENSLEEVES
Harmonizer: John Stainer, 1840-1901
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Key: e minor or modal
Source: English melody, 16th C.



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