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643. 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 Savior holy.

3 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.

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

Text Information
First Line: Once in royal David's city
Title: Once in Royal David's City
Author: Cecil F. Alexander, 1818-1895
Publication Date: 2000
Meter: 8 7 8 7 7 7
Scripture: Revelation 7:13-17; Philippians 2:5-11; Micah 5:2-4
Topic: Christmas
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: IRBY
Composer: Henry J. Gauntlett, 1805-1876
Arranger (flute): Richard Proulx, b. 1937
Meter: 8 7 8 7 7 7
Key: F Major
Copyright: Flute arr. © Augsburg Publishing House



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