318. 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 (vv 1-2): Anon. (?1885)
Author (v. 3): Anon. (?1892)
Meter: 11 11.11 11 anapestic
Language: English
Publication Date: 1999
Topic: Christmas; Hymns Specially Suitable for Children; Jesus Christ: Incarnation
Tune Information
Composer: Wiliam James Kirkptarick, 1838-1921
Arranger: Lawrence Francis Bartlett, 1933-
Meter: 11 11.11 11 anapestic
Key: F Major
Copyright: Arrangement © L. F. Bartlett

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