HYMN 202

C.M.S.467 H.C.474 8s. 7s. (FE 221)

1.  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.

2.  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, the mean and lowly 

    Lived on earth our Saviour Lord.

3.  And through all His wondrous childhood 

    He would honour and obey

    Love and watch the lowly Maiden

    In whose gentle arms he lay

    Christian children all must be 

    Mild, obedient, good as He.

4.  For He is our Childhood's pattern 

     Day by day like us He grew

     He was little, weak, and helpless 

     Tears and smiles like us He knew 

     He feeleth for our sadness

     And shareth in our gladness.

5.  And our eyes at last shall see Him 

    Through His own redeeming love 

    For that Child so dear and gentle 

    ls our Lord in heaven above

    And He leads His children on 

    To the place where He is gone.

6.  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 whites shall wait around.  Amen

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