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Away in a Manger

[ Roud 25304 ; Ballad Index FSWB373B ; trad. USA late 19th century]

Maggie Goodall sang Away in a Manger on the 1986 Greenwich Village album Yuletracks.

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band sang Away in a Manger in 1991 on their Park CD Carols and Capers. A live recording from their December 1997 Christmas Tour was released a year later on their Park CD Carols at Christmas.

Josienne Clarke sang Away in a Manger in 2013 on her and Ben Walker's CD Midwinter.

Lyrics

Maddy Prior sings Away in a Manger

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 poor baby wakes,
But little Lord Jesus,
No crying he makes.
I love thee Lord Jesus,
Look down from the skies
And stay by my side
Until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus;
I ask thee to stay
Close by me for ever
And love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children
In thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven
To live with thee there.