What Child Is This Anyway
Sufjan Stevens Lyrics

What child is this who lay to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthem sweet
While shepherd's watch are keeping

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherd's guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring Him love
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

Mary's sweet Child [Incomprehensible]
The cross he'll hold for me, for you
Heaven, heaven [Incomprehensible]
The babe, the son of Mary

So bring Him incense, gold and mirth
Come peasants king to honor Him
The King of Kings salvation brings
Let loving arms enthrone Him


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Morris Stegosaurus

I'm pretty new to music, and listening through as many complete discographies as I can make time for. I bellyached to a musician friend about having to slog through Christmas albums. He told me I should just skip Christmas albums. This song is a shining example of why I don't. I would've hated to have missed this. I mean, I wouldn't have, because I wouldn't have known, but I'm glad I didn't, is the point.


this is Henry VII's Greensleeves btw :) these lyrics were fitted to the tune by William Chatterdon Dix. Frank Sinatra and Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane also made their renditions or you've heard it from Mr.Whippys ice cream vans lol this cover is so beautiful, Sufjan owned it

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