115. 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
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: Birth (1 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
Composer: James R. Murray (1887)
Key: F Major or modal
Notes: (alternate tune: CRADLE SONG, 114)

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Though erroneously attributed to Martin Luther, this anonymous carol has North American roots, probably originating among Pennsylvania Lutherans. Although more than forty melodies have been connected with these words, this tune was among the earliest written for them.

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