What Child Is This?
About the Song
This is a Christmas carol created in 1871 with words by the English hymn & carol writer William Chatterton Dix to the much older traditional English folk song "Greensleeves".
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?
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This, this is Christ, the king
Whom shepherds guard & angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud
The babe, the Son of Mary
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Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox & ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent word is pleading
So bring Him incense, gold & myrrh
Come, peasant, king to own him
The King of kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone him