13: What child is this? — Lucy Kennedy

Artwork by Lucy Kennedy

Artwork by Lucy Kennedy

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 worship and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring him praise,
The babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies he in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Come, have no fear, God’s Son is here,
His love all loves exceeding.
Nails, spear shall pierce him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you;
Hail, hail, the Saviour comes,
The babe, the son of Mary.

So bring him incense, gold and myrrh,
All tongues and peoples own him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let every heart enthrone him.
Raise, raise your song on high,
While Mary sings a lullaby;
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The babe, the son of Mary.

Tune is ‘Greensleeves’ – traditional; words are from 1861 by W. Chatterton Dix.
Arrangement my own (Lucy Kennedy) – two voice parts, two guitar parts and flute.

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