Delete Not the Second Stanza of “What Child Is This?”

Delete not the second stanza of “What Child Is This?” Without this line we miss that the babe in the manger clothed in swaddling cloths would later leave cloths in an empty tomb, risen! After paying for our sins.

“Why lies he in such mean estate,

where ox and ass are feeding?

Good Christians, fear; for sinners here

the silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear, shall pierce him through;

the cross be borne for me, for you:

hail, hail the Word made flesh,

the babe, the son of Mary.”

(Trinity Psalter Hymnal #317 emphasis mine)