What Child Is This?

What Child is This?
Words: William Dix, 1865. Music: 16th Century English melody.
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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.

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 a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Spanish Lyrics:

¿Qué niño es éste que al dormir
En brazos de María,
Pastores velan, ángeles
Le cantan melodías?

El es el Cristo, el Rey;
Pastores, ángeles cantad;
Venid, venid a él,
Al hijo de María

¿Por qué en humilde establo asi_
El niño es hoy nacido?
Por todo injusto pecador
Su amor ha florecido.

Traed ofrendas en su honor,
El rey como el labriego;
Al Rey de reyes, Salvador,
Un trono levantemos.