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161. 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 and meek and lowly
lived on earth our Savior holy.

3 For he 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 has gone.

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Title: Once in Royal David's City
Author: Cecil F. Alexander (1848)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7.
Scripture: Hebrews 4:15; John 14:3; John 1:14; Luke 2:11; Luke 2:52
Topic: Biblical Persons
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Composer: Henry J. Gauntlett (1849)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7.
Key: F Major



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