Away in a Manger

Popular Christmas Songs Lyrics
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Away in a Manger

(Unknown Author)

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.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, (or "the Babe awakes...")
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle 'til 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 Heaven to live with Thee there. (or "And throw us to Heaven...")

Other versions include the line " room for his head."
Some versions use for the last verse "And fit us for heaven..."
Some versions omit "bright" and change "cradle 'til" to "bedside" or "side until".
Still other versions use "night sky" instead of "bright sky".
The scanned version linked shows "to watch lullaby" instead of " 'til morning is nigh."
Other variations include "...poor Baby wakes" instead of "...Baby awakes", possibly a Victorian addition.
The song would originally have been sung by a parent on behalf of an infant, rather than by a child, hence the reference to the cradle, and the later change to "bedside."

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