Author: Cecil F. Alexander (1818-1895) Hymnal: Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #67 (1987) Meter: 126.96.36.199.7.7 Lyrics: 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 meek and lowly
lived on earth our saviour holy.
3 And through all his wondrous childhood
he would honour and obey,
love and watch the gentle mother
in whose tender arms he lay:
Christian children all should be
kind, 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 feels for all our sadness,
and he shares in all 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 has 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;
there his children gather round,
bright like stars, with glory crowned. Topics: God, Saviour Promised and Incarnate; Christmas 1 The Incarnation Languages: English Tune Title: IRBY
Once in royal David’s city