What Child Is This?

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Traditional Music
Lyrics by William Chatterton Dix

VERSE 1

     Em                  D 
What child is this, who, laid to rest,

   C             B 
On Mary's lap is sleeping?

     Em                D 
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,

      C         B         Em 
While shepherds watch are keeping?

Bm    G       D 
This, this is Christ the King,

     C                   B 
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:

Bm     G        D 
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

    C         B      Em 
The babe, the son of Mary! Mary! 

  
VERSE 2

    Em              D 
Why lies He in such mean estate,

      C              B 
Where ox and ass are feeding?

     Em                   D 
Good Christian, fear, for sinners here 

    C      B       Em 
The silent Word is pleading.

Bm    G       D 
This, this is Christ the King,

     C                   B 
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:

Bm     G        D 
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

    C         B      Em 
The babe, the son of Mary! Mary! 

  
VERSE 3

   Em                 D 
So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,

     C                B 
Come peasant king, to own Him.

    Em               D 
The King of kings salvation brings;

    C      B        Em 
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Bm    G       D 
This, this is Christ the King,

     C                   B 
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:

Bm     G        D 
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

    C         B      Em 
The babe, the son of Mary! Mary!  

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Instrument Chords
Banjo B Major B Minor C Major D Major E Minor G Major
Guitar B Major B Minor C Major D Major E Minor G Major
Mandolin B Major B Minor C Major D Major E Minor G Major
Piano B Major B Minor C Major D Major E Minor G Major
Tin Whistle B Major B Minor C Major D Major E Minor G Major
Ukulele B Major B Minor C Major D Major E Minor G Major

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