What Child is this?

The Birth of Jesus
Attribution to Jan van ‘t Hoff/Gospelimages.com

What Child is this Who lay to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthem 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!

While lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

This this is Christ, the King,
Whom shepherds watch and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come rich and poor to own Him,
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

This, this is Christ, the King,
Whom shepherds watch and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

William C. Dix, 1837-1898