155. 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 Savior holy.

3 Jesus 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.

4 And our eyes at last shall see Him
Thro' His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle
Is the Lord in heav'n above,
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Title: Once in Royal David's City
Author: Cecil F. Alexander
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: Jesus Our Savior : His Birth
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Composer: Henry J. Gauntlett
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7.
Key: F Major



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