This flowing arrangement has simple voicing, but a powerful message. The additional lyrics remind us that while we celebrate Christ's first coming as a babe in a manger, we also look forward to his glorious second coming as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Once in Royal David's City received an Award of Distinction in the 2011 LDS Church Music Submission.
Traditional lyrics: Cecil Frances Alexander
Additional lyrics: Anna M. Molgard
Music: Henry J. Gauntlett
Arrangement: Rachel P. Mohlman
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 Savior 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 heav'n above,
And he leads his children on
To the place where he is gone.
One day He will come to greet us
Blazing trails of glory past.
We will bow in adoration,
For our Lord has come at last.
O the long awaited morning,
We will shout in joyous praise.
Promised Lord at last to meet us,
Christ, the King, Christ, the King of latter days.
© 2009 Faithsong Publications, L.L.C.
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