The melody for this Christmas favourite was composed by Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876) to a poem written by Cecil Frances Alexander. Henry Gauntlett was an English organist who composed a number of pieces for organ and many hymns, in addition to editing a number of hymn books. "Once in Royal David's City" is his most famous hymn, and it is available here arranged for a variety of instruments. See also the guitar arrangement by Glenn Jarrett in F. We also have printable PDFs of simple arrangements for the following instruments, all at a concert pitch of G allowing groups to play together: Keyboard or Piano, Accompaniment, Guitar, Main (flute, oboe, violin, etc.), High (flute, piccolo, violin, etc.), Bass (cello, bassoon, etc.) , Clar (B-flat instruments), Horn (instruments in F), Alto Sax (instruments in E-flat) and Viola.