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Thursday, 8 December 2016

What Child Is This?

This song has been the most played song in my Christmas playlists this year. It was written by William Chatterton Dix in the year 1865, but it was published in 1871. The composer of this song is unknown. It has now been sang by various artistes. The ones I have been playing frequently this season was sang by Josh Groban. I have been playing the one sang by Plus One also.

According to Wikipedia, “What Child Is This?" is a Christmas carol whose lyrics were written by William Chatterton Dix, in 1865. At the time of composing the carol, Dix worked as an insurance company manager and had been struck by a severe illness. While recovering and experiencing a near-death experience, he underwent a spiritual renewal that led him to write several hymns, including lyrics to this carol that was subsequently set to the tune of "Greensleeves", a traditional English folk song.

I love the lyrics. It asks a question we should all ponder on. What child is this? If you were asked this question, how would you respond? Can you just imagine the sight of the child sleeping on her laps?
I just love the song. I love Josh Groban’s version recorded and Plus One. I love the blending of the voices of Plus One. It’s very heavenly.

What child is this
Who lay to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping

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

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring him laud
The Babe, the Son of Mary

O raise, raise a song on high
His mother sings a lullaby
Joy, oh joy for Christ is born
The Babe, the son of Mary

What Child Is This?

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