639. 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 mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

3 And, through all his wondrous childhood
He would honor and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden
In whose gentle arms he lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as he.

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 heav'n above,
And he leads his children on
To the place where he is gone.

5 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;
When like stars his children crowned
All in white shall wait around.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Publication Date: 1961
Meter: 8. 7. 8. 7. 8. 8.
Scripture: Luke 2:12; Luke 2:51
Topic: Christ: Birth of; Christ: Childhood of; Christ: Exaltation of (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Composer: Henry J. Gauntlett (1849)
Meter: 8. 7. 8. 7. 8. 8.
Key: G Major or modal



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