Once in royal David's city,

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    CGS No.: 
    49

    Verse 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 was that mother mild,
    Jesus Christ, her little Child.

    Verse 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 and meek and lowly,
    Lived on earth, our Saviour holy.

    Verse 3
    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.

    Verse 4
    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 all our sadness,
    And He shareth in all our gladness.

    Verse 5
    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.

    Verse 6
    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 crown'd
    All in white shall wait around.