315. 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 meek and lowly
lived on earth our Saviour holy.

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

4 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 his children gather round,
bright like stars, with glory crowned.

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: 87 87 77
Scripture: 1 John 3:2; 1 Peter 3:22; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Acts 7:55-56; Acts 10:36; John 1:1; John 1:14; John 7:42; Luke 2:1-20
Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Christmas and Epiphany
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876)
Meter: 87 87 77
Key: F Major
Source: harmony as in Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1868



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