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Once in royal David's city Stood a lowly




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 meek and lowly
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.


And through all
His wondrous childhood
He would honour and obey,
Love and watch the lowly mother
In whose gentle arms He lay.
Christian children all should be
Mild, obedient, good as He.


We, like Mary, rest confounded
that a stable should display
heaven's Word, the world's creator,
cradled there on Christmas Day,
yet this child, our Lord and brother,
brought us love for one another.


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.


Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him, but in heaven,
Set at God’s right hand on high;
When like stars
His children crowned,
All in white shall wait around.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 7 8 7 7 7
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1848
      Bible Refs: Lk 2:4; Lk 2:7; Lk 2:11; Lk 2:51; Heb 4:15;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1965# 107
      1977# 237
      1962# 106
      1994# 577
      1988# 646
      1919# 631
      1960# 624
      2000# 177
      1920# 605
      1998# 123
      2000# 66
      2000# 539
      1996# 139
      1904# 566
      1983# 46
      1950# 432
      1922# 329
      1983# 114
      1988# 67
      # 155
      1964# 156
      2000# 521
      1996# 403
      1954# 859
      1955# 206
      1925# 176
      1990# 49
      # 32
      1999# 359
      1991# 438
      1925# 435
      1931# 368
      # 649
      1908# 712
      1938# 733
      1917# 2049
      1906# 605
      1903# 397
      1971# 112
      1916# 349
      1940# 236
      1982# 102
      1986# 34
      1999# 312
      1961# 639
      1989# 250
      MUSIC
      Name: IRBY
      Meter: 8 7 8 7 7 7
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1849
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