Our Top 5 Favorite Versions of "What Child is This?"

What Child is This?

"What Child Is This?" is a Christmas carol that reflects on the birth of Jesus Christ. The lyrics, written by William Chatterton Dix in 1865, ponder the identity of the child born in Bethlehem and the significance of his birth for humanity. The song is usually sung to the tune of the English folk song "Greensleeves." It has become a popular and beloved Christmas carol, often performed and enjoyed during the holiday season. 

Dix's affiliation with the church is vivid through his hymns, which were subsequently published in "A Vision of All Saints," "Verses on the Holy Eucharist," and "Altar Songs." Around Christmas of 1865, he also crafted the poem titled "The Manger Throne." Then, he crafted other popular hymns like "As With Gladness Men of Old" and "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!" According to expert hymnologists, Dix's hymns are imaginative, reverent, and simple, yet borderline sentimental. They have always proved to be considerably sincere to their roots. 

1. Michael W. Smith and Martina McBride

2. Phil Wickham:

3. Keith and Kristyn Getty:

4. Casting Crowns:

5. Anthem Lights and Morgan Ranney:



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