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 child of Mary.
Why lies he in such mean estate
where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for people here
the silent Word is pleading.
William Chatterton Dix, 1865
Tune: GREENSLEEVES (220.127.116.11. with refrain)
English ballad melody, 16th cent.
Six Years Ago: Once in royal David's city
Five Years Ago: Where is this stupendous stranger?
Two Years Ago: Hark! the herald angels sing