119. Away in a Manger

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 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.

Text Information
First Line: Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
Title: Away in a Manger
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Nativity of our Lord
Source: Little Children's Book, Philadelphia, 1885, sts. 1,2; Gabriel's Vineyard Songs, 1892, st. 3, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: William J. Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921
Arranger: R. Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: F Major
Copyright: Setting by permission of Oxford University Press.

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