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.

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818–1895

Music: Henry J. Gauntlett, 1805–1876