Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895) Hymnal: Ancient and Modern #81 (2013) Meter: 22.214.171.124.7.7 Hymnal Title: Ancient and Modern Lyrics: 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 honour 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 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 feeleth for our sadness,
and he shareth in our gladness.
5 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 is gone.
6 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;
where like stars his children crowned
all in white shall wait around. Topics: Children; Children and All-Age Worship; Christmas; Christmas Midnight; Church Year Christmas; Devotion; Future hope; Heaven; Mary; Obedience Scripture: Daniel 12:3 Languages: English Tune Title: IRBY
Once in royal David's city