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

(no biographical information available about Mary MacDonald.) 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

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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

Include 10 pre-1979 instances
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