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.
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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