Once in Royal David's City


31243, Hymns, Once in Royal David's City, no. 205

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. And our eyes at last shall see him,
Through his own redeeming love;
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heav'n above,
And he leads his children on
To the place where he is gone.

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895

Music: Henry J. Gauntlett, 1805-1876

Luke 2:4-7, 11-12

Mosiah 3:5-8

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