149. 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 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
Title: Away in a manger
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Language: English
Publication Date: 1997
Topic: Children and Youth: Christmas; Church Year: Christmas
Source: Vs. 1, 2: Little Children's Book for School and Families, c. 1885; V. 3: Gabriel's Vineyard Songs, 1892, alt.
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: William James Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921
Harmonizer: Eric H. Thiman, 1900-1975
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: F Major
Copyright: Harmony © The United Reformed Church in the UK/Oxford Universtiy Press

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