Saturday, December 11, 2010

"What Child Is This?"

"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.

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him."

William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898)

William Dix was born in Bristol, England and spent most of his life working as
manager of a Maritime Insurance Company in Glasgow. When he was 29, he suffered a near fatal illness and was confined to his bed for several months. It was out of this period of time that many of his hymns were born.

He set these beautiful lyrics to the song "Greensleeves" by an unknown composer.


picture: courtesy of photobucket


  1. Oh, yes, and it's one of the most lovely
    and touching of all songs!
    Have a blessed day, Linda. We are having
    a big snowfall this A.M.

  2. Isn't it amazing what beauty is born from difficult times? And, Linda? I am so blessed to think of you singing in three Cantatas today!Three! You must have blessed so many. Like me.

  3. Such a beautiful song; a favorite of mine.

  4. This is my favorite--right at the top of the list of many beautiful Christmas hymns. The lyrics just reach deep inside me and bring to life an acute awareness of what this season is all about.
    Thanks as always for the background info--I'm learning so much! :) (Isn't it often when we are going through storms such as the author did, that we 'produce' at our best?)

  5. Also loved the post about your mother and three generations cooking. (I'm catching up after a long, exhausting weekend.)
    My mother would do the same as yours, although I never actually baked them with her--wish I had. You're blessed to be able to.
    You'll enjoy the cookies all that much more!:)

  6. I have always loved that song (o:

  7. let Loving hearts enthrone Him...

    interesting history