Nursery Rhymes

What Child is This

What Child is This Lyrics and Music

The sincere words and lyrics of the glorious hymn begin with "What child is this who, laid to rest On Mary's lap is sleeping" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "What Child is This" hymn were written by its English author William Chatterton Dix. The author of the hymn, William Chatterton Dix, was born on June 14, 1837 and died on September 9, 1898. The name of the composer of the wonderful music that accompanies the "What Child is This" song of praise has unfortunately been lost over time. We have placed "What Child is This" in the category of Christian Songs. Enjoy the sincere lyrics of this popular Christian song and undefined church hymn.

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

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the sincere words 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.

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.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, 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.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: What Child is This
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): William Chatterton Dix (June 14, 1837 to September 9, 1898)
Nationality of Author: English
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "What child is this who, laid to rest On Mary's lap is sleeping"
First Publication Date: 1865

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