Away in a Manger-SATB

   
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This unique arrangement mixes two familiar tunes of this favorite Christmas carol. Piece can be performed by two single voices, or by splitting a large choir (ex. women and men or sopranos/tenors and altos/bass). The piece begins with William J Kirkpatrick's beloved melody with the second verse the alternate anonymous melody. For the third verse, both melodies combine together in a surprisingly natural way. The piano accompaniment throughout is written to be reminiscent of a guitar strumming. This piece includes an optional clarinet solo. Suitable selection for school or church choirs including LDS ward or stake choir Christmas programs.




Difficulty: Easy

Lyrics: Charles H. Gabriel

Away in a manger, no crib for his bed, 
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head; 
The stars in the heavens 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 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 for heaven to live with thee there.