Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Once in Royal David's City

With the Christmas season comes Christmas songs. I do love listening to Christmas music, but it’s sort of unnerving when you realize that nearly all of the “Christmas” music out there has nothing at all to do with Jesus’ birth. So I want to share a few of my favourite Christmas songs – REAL Christmas songs – throughout December. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Once In Royal David’s City (Ce­cil F. Al­ex­an­der, 1848)

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 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.

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;
Where like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around.

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