Our Favourite Christmas Carols & Songs – Away in a Manger

Away in a manager was originally published in 1885 in a Lutheran Sunday school book giving rise to  the misconception that the lyrics  were actually written by Martin Luther himself. The real author is still unknown.

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The music to Away in a Manger was composed by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895. This is often the first carol that children are taught.

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Away in a Manger : Lyrics

Away in a manger,
No crib for His 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 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 side,
‘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

If you enjoy singing along with your favourite Christmas carols and songs, you can find the lyrics to all fifteen of our favourites by clicking here

Why not print this Christmas carol out and have a sing-a-long with friends and family.

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