Away in a Manger (Traditional melody)


The two most-common musical settings of Away in a Manger are by William J. Kirkpatrick (1895) and James Ramsey Murray (1887). The Kirkpatrick setting is one of the most popular carols in the UK. Versions shown are Kirkpatrick, unless otherwise stated. The Murray version is more common in the US and is known as 'Mueller'. The are actually over 40 different settings in total.

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"Away in a Manger" is a Christmas carol first published in the late nineteenth century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. In Britain it is one of the most popular carols.

The tune "Cradle Song" was written by William J. Kirkpatrick for the musical Around the World with Christmas (1895) and is an adaptation of the melody originally composed in 1837 by Jonathan E. Spilman to "Sweet Afton".

Away in a manger
No crib for His 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 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
'Til 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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