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"
- sometimes misattributed to Martin Luther (1483 - 1546)
- from Volkslieder (Folksongs)  [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Jake Heggie (b. 1961), "Away in a manger", 1986 [ mezzo-soprano and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Frederick John Easthope Martin (1882 - 1925), "The Holy Child", subtitle: "Luther's Cradle Hymn", published 1924 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2019-09-10
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