The popular Christmas song “Away in a Manger” first became a part of Christmas celebrations in in 1885. Wikipedia says the song was first published that year in an Evangelical Lutheran Sunday School collection, Little Children’s Book for Schools and Families, edited by James R. Murray. It was titled “Away in a Manger” and was set to a tune called “St. Kilda,” credited to J.E. Clark. Below are the lyrics for this holiday favorite.

Away in a Manger Lyrics

Away in a manger,
No crib for His 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 sky
And stay by my side,
‘Til 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 take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

Hear Billy Gilman sing “Away in a Manager” in this Christmas music video.