Hymnary Friends,

Please pardon this brief interruption, and please consider a gift today to support the work of Hymnary.org. Here's why.

Each month half a million people visit this website for free access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet. But this project does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. Twice a year we hold a fund drive, and these drives are critical to our future.

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure giving site. Or you can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team, our thanks.
Harry Plantinga

402. 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 Savior 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 should be
Kind, obedient, good as he.

4 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.

5 And our eyes at last shall see him,
Thru 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 has gone.

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Title: Once in Royal David's City
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895
Meter: 8 7 8 7 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Scripture:
Topic: Holy Family; Christmas Season; Children's Hymns (2 more...)
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Composer: Henry J. Gauntlett, 1805-1876
Harmonizer: Arthur H. Mann, 1850-1929
Meter: 8 7 8 7 77
Key: F Major
Copyright: Harm. © 1957, Novello and Co. Ltd.



Media
More media are available on the text authority and tune authority pages.

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us



Advertisements