Once in royal David’s city (Irby)

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Lyrics

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.

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.

And, through all His wondrous childhood,
He would honour and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden,
In whose gentle arms He lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.

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.

Recordings

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Irby
  • Meter: 87 87 77
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1805 – 1876)
  • Trumpet descant – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
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