49. 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, oppressed, 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 feels for all our sadness,
And He shares in all our gladness.

4 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.

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Title: Once in Royal David's City
Author: Cecil F. Alexander (1848; alt)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7
Scripture: Luke 2:4-7; Luke 2:51-52; John 14:2-3; 1 Corinthians 2:9
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1849)
Harmonizer: Arthur Henry Mann (1919)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7
Key: F Major



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