What Child Is This?

First line: What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping? / What Child is this, who laid to rest / What Child is this

Original language: English

Words: William Chatterton Dix
Music: English folk song, 16th century


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1. What Child is this who, laid to restOn 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 Christians, fear, for sinners hereThe 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 a song on high,The virgin sings her lullaby.Joy, joy for Christ is born,The Babe, the Son of Mary.

These charts show the use of this song in English hymnbooks and other collections published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If a song appears in multiple editions of the same hymnbook, it is only counted once. [undetermined] means that tune information has not yet been entered in.

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square; The Orchestra at Temple Square

What Child Is This? (Duet or Two-part Choir)

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Arr.: Sally DeFord

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, Dec 2019

Arr.: Sally DeFord

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