One of my favorite Christmas Carols is “What Child Is This?” was discussed in church today.  Written in 1865 by an Englishman William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) who was the manager of a marine insurance company in Glasgow, Scotland.  He wrote more than 40 hymns over the course of his life.

The video below is a rendition from Mercy Me:

The lyrics below

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

God has last spoken through His Son (Hebrews 1:2), and He came in the form of a baby, as the second verse indicates, fashioned for a Roman cross.  I hope that you remember what the real reason behind Christmas is, and that you would celebrate the birth of Christ, Christ the King, the King of Kings salvation brings to those who repent and believe.  May He sit enthroned on your heart and that you experience the joy of His salvation.

4 comments
  1. “What child is this?” is one of my favorite Christmas songs as well.
    Two Saturdays ago, I was listening to a radio show called “The Pastor’s Study” on KKMS am radio in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Pastor Brock had a guest on that was a scholar on Christmas. I don’t remrmber his name but he had said on the program that “What child is this?”Was the first piece of music sent over the public airwaves.

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