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What Child is This? is a Christmas carol written by William Chatterton Dix[1] in 1865 and based on the old English folk melody "Greensleeves"[2] believed by some to have been written by Henry VIII King of England.


What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping?
Who 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, spears, 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 here lullaby
Joy, joy the Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary


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