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Once In Royal Davids City  Traditional Christmas Carol

words; Cecil Francis Alexander (1818-1895), James Waring McGrady (b. 1938), melody; Henry John Gauntlett 91805-1876)

[F]Once [C7]in-- [F]royal [C]David\'s [F]city,
[Dm]stood a [F]lowly [Bb]cat-[C]tle  [F]shed,
[C7]where a [F]mother [G7]laid her [C7]ba--[F]by
[Dm]in- a [F]manger [Bb]for- [C]His  [F]bed.
[Bb]Mary [F]was that [Csus4]mo--- -[C]ther [F]mild,
[Bb]Jesus [F]Christ her [Bb]lit -[C]tle [F]child.
. . .
[F]He [C7]came [F]down to [C]earth from [F]heaven,
[Dm]who is [F]God and [Bb]Lord [C]of [F]all,
[C7]And His [F]shelter [G7]was a [C7]sta-[F]ble,
[Dm]and His [F]cradle [Bb]was [C]a-- [F]stall;
[Bb]With the [F]poor, the [Csus4]scourned [C]the [F]lowly,
[Bb]lived on [F]earth our [Bb]sav-[C]ior [F]holy.
. . .
[F]We, [C7]like [F]Mary [C]rest con-[F]founded
[Dm]that a [F]stable [Bb]should [C]dis-[F]play
[C7]heaven\'s [F]Word, the [G7]world\'s [C7]cre-[F]ator,
[Dm]cradled [F]there on [Bb]Christ-[C]mas [F]Day,
[Bb]yet this [F]child, our [Csus4]Lord--- [C]and [F]brother,
[Bb]brought us [F]love for [Bb]one [C]an-[F]other.
. . .
[F]For [C7]he- [F]is- our [C]life-long [F]pattern;
[Dm]daily, [F]when on [Bb]earth [C]he [F]grew,
[C7]he was [F]tempted [G7]scorned, re-[C7]ject-[F]ed,
[Dm]tears and [F]smiles like [Bb]us- [C]he [F]knew.
[Bb]Thus he [F]feels for [Csus4]all----  [C]our [F]sadness,
[Bb]and he [F]shares in [Bb]all-- [C]our [F]gladness.
. . .
[F]And [C7]our [F]eyes at [C]last shall [F]see Him,
[Dm]through [F]his [Bb]own re-[C]deeming [F]love.
[C7]For that [F]child so [G7]dear [C7]and- [F]gentle,
[Dm]is our [F]Lord in [Bb]heaven [C]a--[F]bove;
[Bb]And He [F]leads His [Csus4]chil---  [C]dren [F]on,
[Bb]to the [F]place where [Bb]he- [C]is- [F]gone.
. . .
[F]Not [C7]in- [F]that poor [C]lowly [F]stable,
[Dm]with the [F]oxen [Bb]stan-[C]ding [F]round,
[C7]We shall [F]see Him, [G7]but in [C7]hea-[F]ven,
[Dm]where his [F]saints his [Bb]throne [C]sur-[F]round;
[Bb]Christ re-[F]vealed to [Csus4]faith-- [C]ful [F]eye,
[Bb]set at [F]God\'s right [Bb]hand [C]on [F]high.

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