Christmas- Once in Royal David's City Rhyming Words


Words at the end of the line that rhyme Xmas practice

Once in Royal David’s City Rhyming Words

Look at the lists of possible words on some of the lines below and:

  • cross off any words which don’t rhyme
  • choose the most suitable word from each list of the ones which do rhyme


Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bead/ bed/ dead/ fed/ head/ red / wed

Mary was that mother mild
Jesus Christ her little child/ dialled/ field/ filed/ piled/ riled/ tiled/ wild

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 ball/ call/ doll/ fall/ hall/ stall
With the poor, and mean, and lowly
Lived on earth our saviour holy/ jolly/ wholly

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 due/ few/ Jew/ knew/ new/ queue/ stew/ too/ two/ you
And He cares when we are sad
And he shares when we are add/ bad/ Dad/ fad/ glad/ had/ head/ lad/ mad/ sad

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/ dove/ glove/ move/ shove
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is bone/ con/ gone 


Listen to the song or your teacher to check which words are used


Without looking above, write as many words as you can that rhyme with these words:









Compare with above. Many other rhyming words are possible, so check if you wrote something different.

Try to think of Christmas words which rhyme with these words, then use them and/ or the rhymes from the last page to write a short song, poem or rap about Xmas.

  • bay/ lay/ may/ neigh/ pay
  • lift/ rift
  • bee/ gee/ he/ key/ knee/ me/ see
  • (of) course/ force/ horse
  • ache/ lake/ make/ rake/ sake/ take/ wake
  • Fanta
  • bores/ cause/ doors/ fours/ gauze/ gnaws/ jaws/ laws/ pause/ paws/ sores/ tours/ whores/ yours
  • bard/ guard/ hard/ lard
  • sinner/ winner
  • boast/ ghost/ most/ post/ toast
  • heave/ leave/ peeve/ weave
  • fights/ heights/ kites/ nights/ rights/ tights/ whites
  • bar/ car/ far/ ha ha/ jar/ tar
  • bog/ cog/ dog/ hog/ smog
  • bye bye/ die/ guy/ hi/ lie/ my/ rye/ tie/ why
  • docking/ knocking/ mocking/ rocking
  • shelf/ self
  • shelves/ selves
  • dolly/ golly/ lolly
  • better/ go-getter/ wetter

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