what child is this lyrics – joan baez

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?

[chorus:]
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 *ss are feeding?
good christians, fear, for sinners here
the silent word is pleading.

[chorus]

nails, spear shall pierce him through,
the cross be borne for me, for you.
hail, hail the word made flesh,
the babe, the son of mary.

[chorus]

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]

raise, raise a song on high,
the virgin sings her lullaby.
joy, joy for christ is born,
the babe, the son of mary.

/ joan baez lyrics