Away in a Manger

Music by William J. Kirkpatrick and Rosalee Elser

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    1. Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,

    The little lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;

    The stars in the heavens looked down where he lay,

    The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

    2. The cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes;

    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.

    3. 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 fit us for heaven to live with thee there.

    Text: Anon., ca. 1883, Philadelphia

    Music: William J. Kirkpatrick, 1838–1921; harmonized by Rosalee Elser, b. 1925.

    Copyright © 1980 Rosalee Elser. Used by permission. Making copies for one-time noncommercial church or home use is permitted.

    Luke 2:7

    Luke 18:15–17

    Music, Away in a Manger