What Child Is This

A reminder of the true reason for Christmas can be found in the beautiful What Child Is This lyrics.

These words were written by an English writer named William Chatterton Dix in 1865. They were later set to the tune of an English ballad from the 16th Century, Greensleeves.



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?

    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.

    Nails, spear shall pierce him through,
    the cross be borne for me, for you;
    hail, hail the Word made flesh,
    the babe, the son of Mary.

  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.

    Raise, raise the song on high,
    the virgin sings her lullaby;
    joy, joy for Christ is born,
    the babe, the son of Mary.

  4. From the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal.

    You can hear this song performed by The Choir of King's College, Cambridge (United Kingdom) by clicking this link.

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