Title: Once in Royal David's City
Composer: Henry J. Gauntlett, 1849
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1848
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
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.