Nursery Rhymes

What Child is This

What Child is This Lyrics and Music

The beautiful words and lyrics of this popular hymn begin with "What child is this, who, laid to rest" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The words and lyrics of this 'What Child is This' hymn were written by its author William Chatterton Dix. The name of the composer of the original music to this Carol is unknown, although it is often accompanied by the famous 16th Century tune, Greensleeves. The author of the hymn, William Chatterton Dix, was born June 14, 1837 and died September 9, 1898. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this popular Christmas carol.

What Child is This Hymn
Title: What Child is This *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: William Chatterton Dix *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the lyrics of the 'What Child is This' lyrics, William Chatterton Dix (June 14, 1837-September 9, 1898), was born in Bristol, England and achieved fame as a poet and hymn writer of over 40 hymns.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: What Child is This
Author of Lyrics: William Chatterton Dix
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: What child is this, who, laid to rest
First Publication Date: 1865

What Child is This Lyrics

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!


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 her lullaby:
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

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