What Child Is This?

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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!

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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Information About What Child Is This?

What child is this? Is a renowned Christmas carol written in the year 1865 by William Chatterton Dix whilst bed-ridden and recovering from a serious illness. Despite his near-death experience, Dix was able to write many other hymns.

There exist a number of variations to the lyrics; however the carol is usually set to the traditional English melody of "Greensleeves".

The song is about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

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