“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?

Chorus:
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.

Chorus

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.

Chorus

 

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