'Away In a Manger' Piano Chords and Lyrics

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Lyrics for 'Away In a Manger' | Sheet Music


1. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,1
the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay;2
the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.3

2. 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 the cradle till morning is nigh.4

3. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay5
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.


1  or “no crib for His bed”

2  or “The stars in the bright sky”

3  “in” or “on the hay”

4  In an earlier 1885 publication, this line reads: “And stay by my crib watching my lullaby.” Murray’s 1887 printing reads: “And stay by my cradle to watch lullaby.” The current lyrics were first seen in an 1891 version by J. B. Herbert.

5  The third stanza appeared in 1892, and is ascribed to Dr. John Thomas McFarland.



Chord Progression in D

Chords: D | G | A7

    D                             G            D
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

       A7                            D
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

       D                                  G                       D
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,

       G             D          A7                D
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.