Once in Royal David’s City


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 mean, 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 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

Luke 2:4–7, 11–12

Mosiah 3:5–8