Today’s Christmas Carol: Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger is a beautiful (and frankly adorable) Christmas carol originally published in the late 1800s.

The words were written in a Lutheran schoolbook, but were not (as the common myth goes) written by Martin Luther … the actual writer in unknown.

The 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

The English version:

The American version:

Which version do you prefer?

~Kellyn Roth


3 thoughts on “Today’s Christmas Carol: Away in a Manger

  1. I definitely like the ‘American version’ better. My favorite of those videos was the last one. I don’t like the ‘English version’. My family calls that one Away in a Manger and the American version Luther’s Cradle Hymn. 😉


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