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3rd week of Advent Carol History: "What Child Is This"


The tune for this carol is probably better known than the carol words themselves. Called "Greensleeves," the tune is one of the best loved Christmas tunes that goes back as far as 1642, even before the time of Shakespeare.


Written by William Chatterton Disc, an Anglican layment, the words are somewhat sentimental, simple and classical in nature envisioning the nativity scene with Mary holding the Baby in her arms while all are gathered around. His words ponder why Jesus would be born in "such mean estate" and also answers the question with words not found in The United Methodist Hymnal.


Nails, spear shall pierce him through;

The cross he bore for me, for you;

Hail, hail the word made flesh,

The babe, the son of Mary!


Information for this blog was taken from History of Hymns, UMC Discipleship Resources, Dr. Hawn, author.

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