Tune: IRBY

Words: Cecil Francis Alexander, 1848

Music: Henry Gauntlett, 1849

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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, the meek, and lowly, lived on earth our Savior Holy.

Verse 3:
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.

Verse 4:
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.