What Child Is This?

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Sitat 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 ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
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!

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own Him!
The King of Kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone Him!
Raise, raise the song on high!
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy! joy! for Christ is born,
The babe, the son of Mary!
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Luthersk tjenestebok[1]

«What Child Is This?» er en populær julesang skrevet i 1865. I en alder av 29 ble den engelske forfatteren William Chatterton Dix rammet av en uventet sykdom som nesten kostet ham livet. Han ble sengeliggende i flere måneder, og gikk inn i en dyp depresjon.[2][3] Selv etter sin nær døden-opplevelse skrev Dix mange hymner, inkludert «What Child Is This?» som senere ble satt til den tradisjonelle britiske melodien «Greensleeves».

Ann-Margret spilte inn sangen og ga den ut på albumet Ann-Margret's Christmas Carol Collection i 2004.

Referanser[rediger | rediger kilde]

  1. ^ Lutheran Service Book
  2. ^ Robert Guy McCutchan (1937) Our hymnody, a manual of the Methodist hymnal
  3. ^ John Telford (1934) The new Methodist hymn-book illustrated in history and experience