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.
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 through all his wondrous childhood
Day by day like us he grew,
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us he knew;
And he feeleth for our sadness,
And he shareth in our gladness.
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.
Words: Mrs C F Alexander 1818-1895
Music: H J Gauntlett 1805-1876
Performed by Anna Michel, violin, and Hannah (@pianomaths).
Stained glass: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:StJohnsAshfield_StainedGlass_MaryJesus.jpg