Away in a Manger

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  1. 1.
    Away in a Manger Accompaniment
    0:27
  2. 2.
    Away in a Manger Melody
    0:27
Instrument: Voice
Range: C4-D5
Composed by: W.J. Kirkpatrick & Donald Davison
Key: F Major
Metronome: Crotchet = 70
Lyrics start: "Away in a manger, no crib for a bed....."

“Away in a Manger” is a Christmas carol first published in the late nineteenth century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. This version was composed by W.J. Kirkpatrick who wrote the melody with harmonies by Donald Davison.

In Britain, it is one of the most popular carols; a 1996 Gallup Poll ranked it joint second.  Although it was long claimed to be the work of German religious reformer Martin Luther, the carol is now thought to be wholly American in origin.

The two most-common musical settings are by William J. Kirkpatrick (1895) and James Ramsey Murray (1887). Researchers have not yet confirmed the original lyricist(s).

The popularity of the carol has led to many variants in the words, which are discussed in detail below. The following are taken from Kirkpatrick (1895):

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,
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 heaven to live with thee there.

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  • Accompaniment
  • Accompaniment + Melody

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“Away in a Manger” is a Christmas carol first published in the late nineteenth century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. This version was composed by W.J. Kirkpatrick who wrote the melody with harmonies by Donald Davison.

In Britain, it is one of the most popular carols; a 1996 Gallup Poll ranked it joint second.  Although it was long claimed to be the work of German religious reformer Martin Luther, the carol is now thought to be wholly American in origin.

The two most-common musical settings are by William J. Kirkpatrick (1895) and James Ramsey Murray (1887). Researchers have not yet confirmed the original lyricist(s).

The popularity of the carol has led to many variants in the words, which are discussed in detail below. The following are taken from Kirkpatrick (1895):

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,
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 heaven to live with thee there.

Purchase includes:

  • Accompaniment
  • Accompaniment + Melody