Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Songs: Where they came from week 1

Away In A Manager

(I'm supposed to be doing this every Sunday in Advent, but I forgot, so here!)

In 1887, American hymn writer James R. Murray entitled the tune for Away in a Manger. He also wrote a book, stating that Martin Luther had actually wrote the song and sung it to his children before bed.
The song spread throughout America, and more and more people began to sing it. Many American's imagined Germans singing the song. But in truth, the Germans hadn't ever heard it, until the song reached them later. So it turns out that Away in a Manger's original origin is the United States.
No one truly knows where Murray got his information about Luther, and it still remains a mystery to this day.


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

The cattle are lowing, the baby
awakes, 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.

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 to heaven, to live with
Thee there.

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