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City of David

“… unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:11 KJV

This book was the inspiration for the song.
It totally fascinated me.🙂

About the Song

Christmas Card Carol 2019.

Several years ago, my mother sent me a copy of the book “Stone Manger,” by Jeffrey R. Chadwick. It was one of those books that changed the way I saw the Christmas story (though I am still big on tradition!), and it made me curious. I have never been to Bethlehem, but Google Earth let me walk it’s streets and see it’s architecture.

Stone. Everywhere stone, or stone-like materials. As I embarked on that virtual tour, these lines shaped themselves:

City of David; city of stone
Arise from your slumber and welcome your own.

I liked that little couplet. Strangely enough, it didn’t make it into the actual song. It was, however, the inspiration for the lines that *did* make the final cut, so in a roundabout way, “Stone Manger” was the catalyst for the song that eventually became “City of David.”

The accompaniments for the SATB and Solo versions are identical. The obbligato score works with either version. The obbligato in the recording is oboe; most C instruments will work, though you may have to adjust the octave.

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Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:

Accompaniment track:

Piano track:

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Lyrics

City of David; slumbering town
What is that anthem? What is that sound
High o’er Judea
Borne on the wings of heaven’s love tonight?

City of David; Bethlehem fair
What is that song that rides on the air?
Glorias stream from legions above
With heaven’s love alight.

City of David; city of kings
Rejoice for the tidings the angels bring
The long night is ended; the darkness is past
The Light has come at last

City of David; slumbering still
What is that glory bright o’er the hills?
Starlight descending
Borne on the wings of heaven’s love tonight

Oh City of David, awake and arise!
Follow the star that hallows the skies
Follow and find a beautiful Child
With heaven’s love alight

City of David; city of kings;
Rejoice for the tidings the starlight brings
The long night is ended; the darkness is past
The Light has come at last

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3 Comments

  1. Kathy M

    Is there some way we can print out the SATB version?

    Reply
    • Sally DeFord

      See up there where it says “Sheet Music Downloads?” Click that. All the scores are available there.

      Reply
  2. Karen Speis

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful piece! I am so grateful Heavenly Father gave you such a wonderful talent to write such beautiful music and a loving and willing heart to share.

    Reply

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