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Away in a Manger | Lyrics and History

from the MMF Songbook

Away in a Manger was first published in a Lutheran Sunday School book in 1885 by James R. Murray. The carol is set to two well known tunes. Cradle Song, more commonly heard in Britain, was written by William J. Kirkpatrick, and first published in 1895. Mueller, more common in the United States, was written by James R. Murray, and first published in 1887.


Away in a manger,
No crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky
Look down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus,
Asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing,
The Baby awakes,
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.

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 take us to Heaven
To live with Thee there.

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