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