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An Irish Christmas What Child Is This?
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Moya Brennan & Fionán deBarra
Appears On: An Irish Christmas (U.S. Release)
Language: English
Other Versions: "What Child Is" on Katie McMahon's album Celtic Christmas


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 ewe are feeding?
Good Christians, 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

(Chorus 2x)