Christmas Carols in Prose #5: Once in Royal David’s City

Nativity by Sandro Botticelli

Nativity by Sandro Botticelli

In the royal city of David there once stood a lowly cattle shed. There a mother laid her baby down using a manger as his bed. Mary was that mild mother. Jesus Christ was her little child.

He who’s God and Lord of all came from heaven down to earth. His shelter was a stable. His cradle was a stall. Our holy Savior lived on earth with the poor, the mean, and the lowly.

Through his own redeeming love our eyes will see him at last, because that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above. He leads his children on to the place where he went.

[Original Text: Cecil Frances Alexander]

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