Once in Royal David’s City

Lyrics to the Christmas carol Royal David’s City.

  • The lyrics to Once In Royal David’s City is a poem written by Cecil Frances Alexander.
  • The poem was published in Hymns for little Children in 1848.
  • Music to the Christmas carol was composed by the organist Henry John Gauntlett a year later.


Lyrics to Once in Royal David’s City.

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 that 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.

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.