Away in a manger, no crib for a bed


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 baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay
close by me for ever, and love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.


Words, verses 1-2: Traditional Carol (19th century);
verse 3: attributed to John Thomas McFarland, ca. 1906

MIDI: Cradle Song (William James Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921)

Meter: 11 11 11 11

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
643 Cradle Song  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 353 Cradle Song  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 734 Cradle Song  
The Hymnal 1940 043 Cradle Song  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 Carols 6 Cradle Song, Normandy  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 095 Cradle Song, Tyrolean Cradle Song  
The Hymn Book 1971 419 Cradle Song  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 242 Cradle Song  
The Hymnal 1982 101 Cradle Song  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985 022 Cradle Song  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 072 Cradle Song  
Church Family Worship, 1988 651 Cradle Song  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 051 Cradle Song  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 126 Cradle Song  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 318 Cradle Song  
Sing Glory, 1999 345 Cradle Song  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 047 Cradle Song  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 045 Cradle Song  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 776 Cradle Song, Mueller  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 149 Cradle Song, Normandy  

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