642. 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 thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

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

Text Information
First Line: Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
Author (vs. 3): John T. McFarland, 1851-1913
Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
Topic: Sacraments and Other Occasions: For the Young
Source: Vs. 1-2: Little Children's Book for Schools and Families, c.1885; Vs. 3: Gabriel's Vineyard Songs, 1982, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: William James Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921
Key: F Major
Source: Harmonization: Compilers of Church Hymnary, 4th ed., 2005
Copyright: Harmonization © Church Hymnary Turst, Scotland

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