Once in Royal David's City



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

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

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

For he 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

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.