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What Child Is This?

William C. Dix. English Melody
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.