sometimes misattributed to Martin Luther (1483 - 1546) and from Volkslieder (Folksongs)

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
Language: English 
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]1 the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the [baby]2 awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus! look down from the sky,
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And [take us to]3 heaven to live with thee there.

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1 E. Martin: "in"
2 E. Martin: "Babe"
3 E. Martin: "fit us for"

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