Our American Holidays - Christmas/Christmas (Anonymous)

For works with similar titles, see Christmas.

This poem by Alexander is incorrectly cited as anonymous in this edition.


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 that 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 Saviour Holy.

And our eyes at last shall see Him
   Through His own redeeming love,
For that child so dear and gentle
   Is our Lord 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.