Once in Royal David’s City – strings


Wendell Kimbrough’s rendition of “Once in Royal David’s City” recasts this carol in a folksy style that allows it to speak like a ballad rather than a fanfare. The strings add a further layer of of emotion to the singing.

Arrangement for strings to accompany congregational singing. Download includes score and parts for violins 1 and 2, viola, and cello. Purchase price allows you to print as many copies as needed for your ensemble.

words: Cecil Frances Alexander
music: Henry J. Gauntlett
arranged by Greg Scheer
copyright November 28, 2023
CCLI pending
OneLicense #266192

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, and meek, and lowly,
lived on earth our Savior holy.

3. Jesus 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 feels for all our sadness,
and He shares in all our gladness.

4. 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.