Sunday, November 17, 2019

Music & Lyrics: "What Child Is This" by Tarja (From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas) 2017)



Tarja
Original lyrics by William Chatterton Dix, 1865



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What child is this, who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthem 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

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh
Come, peasant, kin to own Him
The King of kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone Him

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud
The babe, the Son of Mary

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud
The babe, the Son of Mary

What child is this, who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping
Oh joy, oh joy for Christ is born
The babe, the Son of Mary


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One of my all-time favorite Christmas songs
turned epically metal by one of my favorite artists.
This, this is Christ the King,
hero of the Multiverse
come to smite evil.
Powerful, poignant, and campy at the same time.