Listen at Christmas: What Child is This + Child of the Poor

 

Fiddler and Ginger have learned a duet that they’ll be singing at a church Christmas party today. They needed a guitarist, so El Guapo is getting in on the act. I’ll share below the recording that inspired them to learn this song, performed by the duo The Hound and The Fox:

 

The lyrics below include the solo sections of “What Child is This?” but switch to “Child of the Poor” (music by Scott Soper, lyrics by William C. Dix) during duets, since that’s the song we’re less familiar with. I think the juxtaposition of the traditional carol and the meditation on the plight of one “born into poverty’s embrace” is quite poignant, a valuable opportunity to ponder while we’re surrounded by the bounty of Christmas celebrations.

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?

Helpless and hungry, lowly afraid,
Wrapped in the chill of mid-winter
Comes now among us, born into poverty’s embrace,
New life for the world

Who is this who lives with the lowly,
Sharing their sorrows,
Knowing their hunger?
This is Christ, revealed to the world
In the eyes of a child, a child of the poor.

Who is the stranger, here in our midst,
Looking for shelter among us?
Who is this outcast? Who do we see amidst the poor,
The children of God?

Who is this who lives with the lowly,
Sharing their sorrows,
Knowing their hunger?
This is Christ, revealed to the world
In the eyes of a child, a child of the poor.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king, to own Him
The King of Kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Bring all the thirsty, all who seek peace;
Bring those with nothing to offer,
Strengthen the feeble, say to the frightened heart:
“Fear not, here is our God!”

Who is this who lives with the lowly,
Sharing their sorrows,
Knowing their hunger?
This is Christ, revealed to the world
In the eyes of a child, a child of the poor.
a child of the poor.
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

 

[Image: africanbrains.net]

2 thoughts on “Listen at Christmas: What Child is This + Child of the Poor

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and hope your family will as well.
    We went to a concert last week of a women’s chorus, and I mentioned to Jon that a woman in the front row reminded me a little of you. He answered, “yes, except that Marian smiles.” And you make us smile, too. Merry Christmas!

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