Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Songs: Where they came from Week 2

Next is What Child Is This?

What Child Is This is one of the best Victorian songs ever written. Some say this song's lyrics were written by King Henry. Unfortunately we don't know who wrote this one either. :(
This is one of my favorite. :)

Lyrics

What Child Is This?:

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthem 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 a mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
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 salvations brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
Joy, Joy for Christ is Born
The babe, the son of Mary.

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