on Mary's lap asleeping?
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.
So bring him incense, gold and myrrh,
come peasant, king, to own Him:
the King of kings salvation brings.
Let loving hearts enthrone him.