his work was written to compromise two settings of an
American hymn tune, incorrectly believed to have beenwritten by Martin Luther. The first setting used is creditedto Mr. James R. Murray(1887), while the second firstappeared in Pennsylvania Lutheran literature after 1880.In my experience, they are today recognized as the Roman Catholicversion and the Protestant version. In reality, they are both
excellent examples of original American music,and denomimational differences are small and unimportant,especially during the time we set aside to remember the
Birth of Jesus Christ.
Michael Hancock © 2004
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky look 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 skyand stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.My mother is singing to lay me to bed,my father has told me of the words Jesus said,
"To Love One Another in Beautiful Ways;"
may the Lord let us do so till the end of our days.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 thy tender careand take us to Heaven to live with you there.