The words to the carol Once in Royal Davids City were written by the Bishop of Derry’s wife, Mrs. C.F. Alexander who words perfectly paint a picture of the events of the nativity. She also wrote many poems for children, mainly featuring religious subjects.
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The music to this popular carol was composed by H.J. Gauntlett and is believed to have first been published in the early nineteenth century.
Once in Royal Davids city : Lyrics
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.
Why not print this Christmas carol out and have a sing-a-long with friends and family.
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