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Away In a Manger No. 1

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This is one of two improvisations I recorded based on this Christmas carol.

Away in a Manger
Lyrics: Unknown
First Publication: 1885 – Philadelphia
Because it was first published in a Lutheran Sunday school book this created the misconception that the lyrics of Away in a Manger were actually written by Martin Luther himself.
Primarily sung by English speaking countries

There are 2 popular musical settings of this carol. The one I am using here is based on the melody by Murray.

Version 1
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895 – also know as “The Cradle Song”
Created for the musical Around the World with Christmas (1895). Kirkpatrick, like others before him, attributed the words to Luther.
In Britain this version is one of the most popular carols, a 1996 Gallop Poll ranking it second.

Version 2
The other version, most popular in the US is by Murray and is typically given the name "Mueller."
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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
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Feter said 3496 days ago (December 19th, 2009)
Away In a Manger No. 1
This is so delicate and very spiritual ...very
elegant touch here ..I m not very familiar with
this song but you ve done a grant work here ..
the strings so full filling and delight ..fine
fine work ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!

Merry Christmas !!!!
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crissew said 3495 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Another Beautifully played piece
Love the feel of this song, a beauty, thank you for posting it!
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VicDiesel said 3495 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Nice and sweet
I like this version. The piano and the gentle strings go together well. The improvisations brings some needed variation, but do not stray too far from the melody. You play very nice, with good use of dynamics.
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