Nursery Rhymes

Once in Royal Davids City

Once in Royal Davids City Lyrics and Music

The inspirational words and lyrics of this cherished hymn begin with "Once in royal Davids city, stood a lowly cattle shed" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The words and lyrics of this 'Once in Royal Davids City' hymn were written by the Irish author, Mrs Cecil F. Alexander. The unforgettable music that accompanies the 'Once in Royal Davids City' Christmas Hymn were composed by Henry J. Gauntlett. The author of the hymn, Mrs Cecil F. Alexander, was born April 1818 and died October 12, 1895. The composer of the music to the 'Once in Royal Davids City' hymn, Henry J. Gauntlett, was born July 9, 1805 and died February 21, 1876. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this traditional Christmas carol.

Once in Royal Davids City Hymn
Title: Once in Royal Davids City *** Name of Composer: Henry J. Gauntlett *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Mrs Cecil F. Alexander *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

Where was Royal Davids City?
The famous line 'Once in Royal Davids City' is made in reference to Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David of the Bible and of Jesus. King David was known for his diverse skills as both a warrior (he killed Goliath) and as a writer of many psalms.

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the words of the 'Once in Royal Davids City' lyrics, Mrs Cecil F. Alexander (April 1818-October 12, 1895), was born in Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland and achieved fame as a hymnist (she wrote about 400 hymns), teacher and wife of William Alexander, bishop of Derry and Raphoe.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of 'Once in Royal Davids City', Henry J. Gauntlett (July 9, 1805-February 21, 1876), was born in Wellington, Shropshire, England and became famous as a composer, musician, organist and was described as the "Father of Church Music".

Once in Royal Davids City Lyrics

Once in royal Davids 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.

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 cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

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.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Once in Royal Davids City
Author of Lyrics: Mrs Cecil F. Alexander (April 1818 to October 12, 1895)
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Henry J. Gauntlett (July 9, 1805 to February 21, 1876)
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: Once in royal Davids city, stood a lowly cattle shed
First Publication Date: 1848

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