Child in the Manger

Representative Text

1 Child in the manger,
infant of Mary;
outcast and stranger,
Lord of all;
Child who inherits
all our transgressions,
all our demerits
on Him fall.

2 Once the most holy
Child of salvation
gently and lowly
lived below;
now as our glorious
mighty Redeemer,
see Him victorious
o'er each foe.

3 Prophets foretold Him,
infant of wonder;
angels behold Him
on His throne;
worthy our Savior
of all our praises;
happy forever
are His own.

Source: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #112

Author: Mary MacDonald

Mary MacDougal MacDonald United Kingdom 1789-1872. Born at Ardtun, daughter of a farmer and Baptist cleric, Duncan MacDougal, northeast of Bunessan on the Ross of Mull, she was a Gaelic poet who lived at Cancan, Bunessan on Mull, Scotland. She never spoke English. She married Neil MacDonald and settled into a life as a crofter’s wife. While at her spinning wheel she passed time by singing hymns and poems, some of her own composition. She was a devout Baptist. Some of her hymns reached beyond her locality. The tune of her best known hymn (same tune as hymn: “Morning has broken”) was an old Scottish melody she attached to her lyrics that helped popularize the hymn, translated from the Gaelic in 1888 by Lachlan McBean of Scotland… Go to person page >

Translator: L. Macbean

Born: November 6, 1853, Tigh-na-coille Kiltarlity, Invernessshire, Scotland. Died: January 24, 1931, Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Macbean edited The Fifeshire Advertiser in Kirkcaldy. He was actively involved in resurrecting almost forgotten Gaelic songs. His works include: Kirkcaldy Burgh Records Lessons on Gaelic Songs and Hymns of the Gael (Edinburgh, Scotland: 1888) Sources: Reynolds, p. 364  Go to person page >

Text Information



BUNESSAN is a Gaelic tune that was first published (melody only) in Lachlan Macbean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1888) as a setting for Mary Macdonald's carol "Child in the Manger." The tune is named after Macdonald's birthplace on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. BUNESSAN is also well known as the set…

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Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #105


Baptist Hymnal 2008 #189


Celebrating Grace Hymnal #112

Church Family Worship #652

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #151


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #314


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #93

Complete Mission Praise #71


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #51


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #314

Hymns Old and New #75

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Rejoice in the Lord #215

The Christian Life Hymnal #115


The Cyber Hymnal #809


The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #312


Together in Song #319

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