“They reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed.”¬†– Luke 2:17-18

What Child Is This

Verse 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!

Verse 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.


Verse 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.



Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898)
Music: Traditional English Melody (16th century); harm. John Stainer (1840-1901)
Words and Music public domain.
pianist: E. Zacek