Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Away In A Manger

This carol was first published in an 1885 Lutheran Sunday School book by James R. Murray (1841---1905), but the author of the first two stanzas is unknown.  There are at least two major melodies of this song.

1.  "Cradle Song", more commonly encountered in the United Kingdom by William J. Kirkpatrick and first published in 1895

2.  "Mueller" is the tune usually common in the United States, authored by James R. Murray and first published in 1887.  It is certain that the third stanza was added in 1904 by Dr. John McFarland of New York City

"Away In A Manger" has been recorded by thousands of artists.


  1. A most beautiful song, remember learning it from childhood. Glad you included it!

  2. too much information for me Clint :OD
    But I love the silhouette!

  3. I must admit that I am very ignorant in music!
    Do not even know this! :-(((

    I'll have to study!

    Ciao Clint!

  4. Kaz---I know what ya mean! God bless!

    Franz---click on the link at the bottom of the post to hear the song. It has always been popular in the USA. Have a wonderful day, my friend.

  5. I wish you and your family merry Christmas and a wonderful time.
    Many greetings Sabine

  6. Welcome to my blog

  7. A happy Christmas to you and your family, may the new year bring you peace.


  8. With a wish of Merry Christmas and enjoy the
    love of Cindy!!!
    (reading your older post)..

  9. Sabine---Have a wonderful Christmas!

    Monika---May you have the best Christmas ever. God bless.