Away in a Manger is a Christmas carol first published in an 1885 Lutheran Sunday School book by James R. Murray (March 7, 1841 – March 10, 1905), but the author of the first two stanzas is unknown. There are at least two major melodies for the song: one, “Cradle Song”, more commonly encountered in the United Kingdom; the other, “Mueller”, more commonly found in the United States. The tune commonly used in the United Kingdom was written by William J. Kirkpatrick and was first published in 1895. The tune commonly used in the United States was written by James R. Murray and first published in 1887.
Some have attributed the song to Martin Luther himself. The confusion may have began because Murray published it with the subtitle “Luther’s Cradle Hymn…
Away in a manger,
No crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky
Look down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus,
Asleep on the hay.
Free Printable Sheet Music
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Guitar Chords and Lyrics
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The first video is a Celtic Woman performance live from the Helix Center in Dublin, Ireland. The second video is of the Southwell Boys Choir.
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