I love the inspiring story of the Christmas carol “What Child is This?”. In 1865 at the age of 29, an English writer named William Chatterton Dix was struck with a sudden near-fatal illness. He was confined to bedrest for several months, and sunk into a deep depression. Yet, out of this terrible trial came a miraculous blessings for generations to come. During his period of serious illness, Dix wrote many hymns, including a poem entitled, “The Manger Throne”. Later, three stanzas were set to the traditional English tune “Greensleeves,” and re-titled as “What Child Is This?”.
Here is a performance by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square during the 2012 First Presidency Christmas Devotional. The arrangement is by Mack Wilberg, with soloist Daron Bradford on recorder.
What Child Is This?
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