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Once In Royal David's City - Paul Halley
Hymn Arrangement - Publication Details

  Catalogue Number - PEL5022

Voicing/Instrumentation -
SATB Choir and Organ
Optional brass quintet & timpani (v. 5&6)

Level of Difficulty - Moderate

Uses/Season - Christmas Concert, Hymn/Anthem

Duration - 4:00 mins

Pages Music - 8 pages
6 page book with
two -page cover
Format - SATB/organ choral octavo

Copyright Year - 2008

Perusal Score PDF
SATB pgs 1&6 of 6

A beautiful opening to any Christmas concert or service.  This is the traditional way to begin, especially in the Anglican tradition of the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols made famous by Boris Ord and the Chapel Choir of Men and Boys at King's College, Cambridge. Paul Halley's arrangement emerges in its inventiveness and beauty after the first two verses familiarly harmonized by A. H. Mann.  Halley's deft handling of this beloved work is at once gentle and lovely, rich and inspiring, offering a give and take between voice parts in the inner verses, and culminating in a glorious descant for the sopranos on the last verse, a hallmark of Halley's style.


Christmas Angelicus CD

JN103 - Track 1
Sung in procession - please adjust volume.

JN103 Digital download only


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Choral score SATB/organ
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Instrumental Parts Package for
Brass Quintet and Timpani

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THIS ITEM can also be used as accompaniment for PEL6068 Descant of Once In Royal.
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Once In Royal David's City

Words by Cecil Frances Alexander

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 Saviour holy.

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.

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.

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;
Where like stars his children crowned
All in white shall wait around.