309a. 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 forever, 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
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Topic: Jesus Christ: His Birth
Source: Little children's book, Philadelphia, 1885; Gabriel's Vineyard Songs, 1892
Tune Information
Composer: William James Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921
Arranger: David Valentine Willcocks, b. 1919
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: F Major
Copyright: Arr. by permission of Oxford University Press

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