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Away in a Manger (medley)

Away in a Manger (medley)

(This arrangement is unusual in that the same words can be sung to three different tunes.)

 

               Away in a Manger

               Words: Stanzas 1 and 2 Anon., Stanza 3 John Tomas McFarland

               Music: James R. Murray, 1887

 

               Normandy Carol

               Music: Anon.

 

               Cradle Song

               Music: William J. Kirkpatrick, 1895

 

She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.  (Luke 2:7 NLT)

 

Thought for the Day:  Regardless of its author, the beauty of this carol is the beauty of Christmas.  It is simple.  Christmas is not the gold or glitter, the wrappings or trappings.  It is the story of God humbling Himself to become a baby, born in crude circumstances to a young woman in ancient Palestine.  Sing this carol softly.  It is what Christmas is all about.  

William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen, Great Songs of Faith, 1995

Away in a manger, no crib for a 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 you, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

 

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in your tender care, and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.

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