From the album Christmas Joy – Beloved Carols for Church and Singers, also available on CD.
Once In Royal David’s City : Recording
- Tune: Irby, compose by Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876). Public Domain.
- Meter: 87 87 77.
- Trumpet descant – arranger: Richard M S Irwin
- Performance ℗ 2021 Richard Irwin Music®. ISRC 5060707371723. All rights reserved.
Once In Royal David’s City : Lyrics
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 Saviour holy.
3. 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.
4. 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.
- Meter: 87 87 77.
- Lyricist: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895).
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