Once in Royal David's City    Sheet Music
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Text by: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)

Original Music: Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876)

Arrangement by: Lisa S. Powell

Arranged for SATB, Piano






Photo: White Flowers in Portland, OR by Ed Powell


   Once in royal Davidís 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 Savior holy.

   And our eyes at last shall see him,
Through his own redeeming love;
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heavín above,
And he leads his children on
To the place where he is gone.