Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a 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.

German mothers of this era did not sing “Away in a Manger” to their children. And they had never heard it until the song arrived in Europe from its country of origin, the United States. Most people did not question it for many years due to his solid reputation.

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.

Away In A Manger centers around the newborn Jesus as he lays in a manger; the lyrics call out for Jesus to “be near me.” I love the relationship between lines from each song “Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart” and “Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay.”

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.


-- — Author of “Tales Of A Paperboy_A Christmas Story”

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