114. Away in a Manger

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1 Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

2 The cattle are lowing; the poor baby wakes,
but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky,
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

3 Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay
close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there

Text Information
First Line: Away in a manger, no crib for his bed
Title: Away in a Manger
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Scripture: Matthew 2:9; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 2:7; Luke 2:12; Luke 2:16
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth1 more...
Source: Stanzas 1–2, Little Children’s Book for Schools and Families, c. 1885; Stanza 3, Gabriel’s Vineyard Songs, 1892
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: CRADLE SONG
Composer: William James Kirkpatrick (1895)
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Key: F Major or modal
Notes: (alternate tune: MUELLER, 115)


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This anonymous carol probably originated among Pennsylvania Lutherans in the late 19th century, giving rise to a mistaken assertion that it had been written by Martin Luther. This tune is also by an American but has become the one usually used in Canada and Great Britain.


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