102. Once in royal David's city

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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, the scorned, the lowly
lived on earth our Savior holy.

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4. For he is our lifelong pattern;
daily, when on earth he grew;
he was tempted, scorned, rejected,
tears and smiles like us he knew.
Thus 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 who seemed so helpless
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.

6. Not in that poor lowly stable,
with the oxen standing round,
we shall see him; but in heaven,
where his saints his throne surround:
Christ, revealed to faithful eye,
set a God's right hand on high.

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Author (sts. 1-2, 4-6): Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895
Author (st. 3): James Waring McCrady, b. 1938
Meter: 87. 87. 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Copyright: St. 3 © 1982, James Waring McCrady
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Composer (melody): Henry John Gauntlett, 1805-1876
Harmonizer: Arthur Henry Mann, 1850-1929
Meter: 87. 87. 77
Key: F Major

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