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608. Once In Royal David's City

1 Once in royal David's city
Stood a lowly cattle-shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby
In a manger for His bed;
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little Child.

2 He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poorest of the earth
Was our holy Savior's birth.

3 Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him, but in heaven,
Set at God's right hand on high;
When like stars His children, crowned,
All in white shall wait around.

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Title: Once In Royal David's City
Author: Cecil Frances (Humphreys) Alexander (1848, a.)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 7 7
Language: English
Publication Date: 1930
Topic: Carols and Spiritual Songs: Christmas
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1849)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 7 7
Key: G Major



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