Preserving the Good – 31 Christmas Carols/What Child is This?

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. ~Luke 2:52

Adoration of the Magi – Jan de Bray 1674

If the tune sounds familiar, it is also the tune of the folk song, ‘Greensleeves.’ “The King of kings, salvation brings – Let loving hearts enthrone Him.” I hope to live this stanza out in my heart every day.

WHAT CHILD IS THIS? William Chatterton Dix 1865

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 Christian, fear for sinners here,
The silent Word is pleading.

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
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 her lullaby:
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

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