In 1865 William Chatterton Dix wrote the lyrics to “What Child Is This?” while he was recovering from a severe illness. He was an insurance company manager. That’s right. He was an insurance agent and he wasn’t defined by his profession. As many people know, Mr. Dix wrote these lyrics to the melody of the English folk song “Greensleeves.” God rest him.
Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige sing it beautifully, but they omit a poignant and necessary verse:
“Nails and spears shall pierce Him through
“The cross He bore for me, for you
“So hail, hail the Word made flesh
“The babe, the Son of Mary.”
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