72. 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 on high
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 (verses 1, 2): unknown (19th century)
Author (verse 3): J. T. McFarland (1906 c.)
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: God, Saviour: Born (Christmas Seasonal); Christmas 1: The Incarnation
Tune Information
Composer: W. J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: F Major

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