Number: 49
Title: Once in Royal David's City
Composer: alt.Henry John Gauntlett, 1849 Harm. Arthur Henry Mann, 1919
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1848;
Scripture: Luke 2:4-7 Luke 2:51-52 I Corinthians 2:9
Theme: Christmas

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, oppressed, and lowly,
    Lived on earth our Savior holy.

3.  Jesus 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 feels for all our sadness,
    And He shares in all our gladness.

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.