Once in Royal David's City
(tune: 1849, words: 1848)

Once in Royal David's City was originally written as poem by Cecil Frances Alexander. The carol was first published in 1848 in Miss Cecil Humphreys' hymnbook Hymns for little Children. A year later, the English organist Henry John Gauntlett discovered the poem and set it to music.

Cecil Frances Alexander is also remembered for her hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful. Since 1919, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the King's College Chapel Cambridge has begun its Christmas Eve service "Once in Royal David's City" as the Processional hymn.
Brightest and Best
(tune: Appalachian folk trad., words: 1811)

Brightest and Best is a Christian hymn written in 1811 by the Anglican bishop Reginald Heber to be sung at the feast of Epiphany. It appeared in Heber's widow's compilation of hymns entitled Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year in 1827.

It can be sung to a number of tunes, including "Morning Star" by James P. Harding and "Epiphany" by Joseph Thrupp. The version appearing on Legacy Christmas – Nativity Carols and Hymns is set to an Appalachian folk melody.