Once in Royal David's City ~ December 18
The words to “Once in Royal David’s City" are written by Dublin, Ireland-born Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (1818-1895) and first published in her 1848 collection, "Hymns for Little Children”. This text by C.F. Alexander, wife of the Bishop of Derry, was later set to music by English composer Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876).
Allison Crowe now tells the song’s story: