Sunday, December 18, 2011

What Child Is This? {Christmas Hymn Countdown #7}

In the past two days I've only gotten on the computer long enough to look up what temperature to cook eggs thoroughly (which is 165* =) ).  So that's my excuse for not doing the hymn countdown =)

What Child is This? was written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix.  It is set to the old English tune 'Greensleeves'.

What Child is This?
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.
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!
 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!

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