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First Line: Once in royal david's city
Last Line: All in white shall wait around.
Alternate Author Name(s): Humprheys, Cecil Frances; Alexander, C. F., Mrs.
Variant Title(s): Who Was Conceived By The Holy Ghost, Born Of The Virgin Mary
Subject(s): Bethlehem, Palestine; Christmas; Nativity, The

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 lowly, poor, and mean,
Lived on earth our Saviour then.

And, through all His wondrous childhood,
He would honor and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden
In whose gentle arms He lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.

Oh, our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love,
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our God in heaven 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;
When like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around.

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