WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
(Lyrics 18?? William Chatterton Dix)
to the melody of "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
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste, to bring him laud
The Babe, the Son of Mary
Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading
So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh
Come, peasant, King to own Him
The King of Kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone him