Once in Royal Davids city - lyrics

Once in Royal Davids city!

The words to Once in Royal Davids city were written by Mrs. C.F. Alexander and makes wonderful use of the English language to paint a picture of the events of the nativity. The music to Once in Royal Davids city was composed by H.J. Gauntlett.

Once in Royal Davids city : Lyrics and Music

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Once in royal Davids 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.

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.

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 cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

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.

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Once in Royal Davids city Christian lyrics and music

This carol is believed to have first been published in the nineteenth century.

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