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This work was written to compromise two settings of an
American hymn tune, incorrectly believed to have been written by Martin Luther. The first setting used is credited to Mr. James R. Murray(1887), while the second first appeared in Pennsylvania Lutheran literature after 1880. In my experience, they are today recognized as the Roman Catholic version 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.

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 sky and 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 care and take us to Heaven to live with you there.

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Away in a Manger [Cradle Hymn]
Verses 1 and 2 anonymous Verse 3 by Michael Hancock Verse 4 by John Thomas McFarland JAMES. R. MURRAY/American Traditional Arranged by MICHAEL HANCOCK

Sweetly, q = 95 - 105
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S. A. A - way in a man - ger, no crib for a bed, the lit - tle Lord Je - sus, lay down his sweet head. The

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T. B. A - way in a man - ger, no crib for a bed, the lit - tle Lord Je - sus, lay down his sweet head. The

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S. A. stars in the sky look down where he lay, the lit - tle Lord Je - sus a - sleep on the hay. The

T. B. stars in the sky look down where he lay, the lit - tle Lord Je - sus a - sleep on the hay. The

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S. cat tle are low - ing the poor Ba by wakes, but

TENOR T. cat tle are low - ing the poor Ba by wakes, but

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S. lit tle Lord Je - sus no cry - ing he makes. I love thee, Lord Je - sus, look

T. lit - tle Lord Je - sus no cry - ing he makes. I love thee, Lord Je - sus, look

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S. down from the sky. And stay by my cra dle till mor - ning is

T. down from the sky. And stay by my cra dle till mor - ning is

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S. A. nigh. My moth - er is sing - ing to lay me to bed, My fath - er has

T. B. nigh. My moth - er is sing - ing to lay me to bed, My fath - er has

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S. A. taught me of the words Je - sus said, "To love one an o - ther in

T. B. taught me of the words Je sus said, "To love one an o - ther in

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S. A. beau - ti - ful T. B. beau - ti - ful ways," May the Lord let us do so, till the end of our days. Be ways," May the Lord let us do so, till the end of our days. Be

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S. near me, Lord Je - sus, I ask you to stay, close by me for -

A. Stay close by me for -

T. near B. Stay close by me for me, Lord Je - sus, I ask you to stay, close by me for -

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S. A. ev T. B. ev er and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear chil - dren in er and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear chil - dren in

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S. A. thy ten - der care and take us to Heav - en to live with You there.

T. B. thy ten - der care and take us to Heav - en to live with You there.

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