What Child Is This?

First published in 1652, the original version (called "Greensleeves") was a popular drinking song. In 1865, William Chatterton Dix wrote "The Manger Throne." Three of his verses of became part of the current day "What Child Is This?"

Performed by Rose and Blows

Traditional. Guitars by Duane Tate. Vocals and bass by Kim Novak.


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!