The United Methodist Hymnal


Once in Royal David's City

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, loving 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, the scorned, the 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 feeleth for our sadness, 
	and he shareth in 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.

WORDS: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1848
MUSIC: Henry J. Gauntlett, 1849
Scripture: Luke 2:7
Theme: Children's Choir Selections; Christ's Gracious Life: Birth and Baptism; Christ's Gracious Life: Birth and Baptism; Christian Year: Christmas; Christian Year: Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ: Example