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What Child Is This?

by Helen Perris



"What Child Is This?" is my 2014 Christmas single. Consider it my gift to you or gift me whatever you'd like to pay.


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 Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spears shall pierce him through,
the cross he bore 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 a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The babe, the Son of Mary.


released December 15, 2014
Traditional English Folk Tune
Lyrics by William Chatterton Dix
Arranged by Helen Perris

All instruments and vocals by Helen Perris
Recorded and mixed by Helen Perris in her home studio


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Helen Perris Sydney, Australia

A storyteller, who wears her heart on her sleeve.

With classical training, contemporary sensibilities and a background in musical theatre, Helen refuses to settle in one style or commit to one genre.

Her autobiographical songs travel between whimsy and heartbreak.
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