Away in a Manger
This intermediate arrangement of Away in a Manger combines three well known tunes that are commonly associated with this beloved carol. Two tunes are sung in a gentle counterpoint, trading back and forth between the men and the women’s voices, then the third tune takes up the second verse after which the counterpoint returns. The arrangement ends on the peaceful coda generally associated with tune three.
Away in a manger, No crib for his 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.
The 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 until 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 fit us for heaven to live with thee there.
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