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We Believe: Once In Royal David's City

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Published on Apr 17, 2012

The third meditation and hymn from the hymn festival "We Believe: Meditations on the Nicene Creed."

Rev. Dr. Chuck Keyworth begins with the meditation, followed by a string section fugato, and then verse one sung by soloist Grace Marra. Verses 2 and 3 are sung by the congregation, and verse 4 is reserved for the reprise at the end of the service.

Music arrangement/orchestration of the tune IRBY by Jantz A. Black, organist at MFUMC.

Lyrics:
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.

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;
And He feeleth for our sadness,
And He shareth in our gladness.

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