Once in Royal David’s City


  1. 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. 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. 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 heav’n above,
    And he leads his children on
    To the place where he is gone.
  4. Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818–1895
    Music: Henry J. Gauntlett, 1805–1876