312. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed

1 Away in a manger, no crib for a 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 Baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love you, Lord Jesus! look down from the sky,
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

3 Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay
close by me for ever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with you there.

Text Information
First Line: Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
Author: Author unknown
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Source: Little children's book, Philadelphia, 1885
Tune Information
Composer: William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: F Major
Source: Around the World with Christmas, 1895; harmonised Church Hymnary, Fourth Edition, 2005
Copyright: © Church Hymnary Trust

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