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.