81. 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 poor and mean and lowly
lived on earth our Saviour holy.

3 And through all his wondrous childhood
he would honour and obey,
love and watch the lowly maiden,
in whose gentle arms he lay:
Christian children all must be
mild, obedient, good as he.

4 For he is our childhood's pattern,
day by day like us he grew,
he was little, weak, and helpless,
tears and smiles like us he knew;
and he feeleth for our sadness,
and he shareth in our gladness.

5 And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love,
for that child so dear and gentle
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.

6 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;
where like stars his children crowned
all in white shall wait around.

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)
Meter: 87 87 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ;
Topic: Children; Children and All-Age Worship; Christmas (7 more...)
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Arranger (last verse): David Willcocks (b. 1919)
Composer (melody): Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876)
Harmonizer: Arthur Henry Mann (1850-1929)
Meter: 87 87 77
Key: F Major
Copyright: v. 6 arrangement from 100 Carols for Choirs © 1970, Oxford University Press. Reproduced by permission. All rights reserved.

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