The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Christ-Child Lay On Mary's Lap

The World's Desire

For Christmas

Words by G. K. Chesterton. Here set to the popular 'cradle-song' (Ein Kindelein in der Wiegen) from Korner's Geistliche Gesangbuch.

Compare: The Christ Child Lay On Mary's Lap - G. K. Chesterton

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #153, p. 31.

1. The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
    His hair was like a light,
(O weary, weary were the world,
    But here is all a-right,)
        (But here is all a-right.)

2. The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
    His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the Kings,
    But here the true hearts are.)
        (But here the true hearts are.)

3. The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
    His hair was like a fire
(O weary, weary is the world,
    But here the world's desire.)
        (But here the world's desire.)

4. The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
    His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him
    And all the stars looked down,
        And all the stars looked down.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #153, p. 31.

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