644. 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 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 forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care;
prepare us for heaven to live with you there.

Text Information
First Line: Away in a manger, no crib for his bed
Title: Away in a Manger
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Christmas
Source: USA, 19th century
Tune Information
Composer: William J. Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921
Arranger: David Willcocks, b. 1919
Arranger (alt. arr.): Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Arranger (alt. arr.): Theodore Beck, b. 1929
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: F Major
Copyright: Arr © 1960 Oxford University Press; Arr. (Vaughan Williams) © Oxford University Press.; Arr. (Beck) © Augsburg Fortress.

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