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 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 heav’n above,
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.
Tune by Henry J. Gauntlett
Words by Cecil Frances Alexander