Away in a Manger was first published with two verses in 1885 in Philadelphia in an Evangelical Lutheran Sunday School collection, Little Children's Book for Schools and Families edited by James R. Murray (1841-1905). The third verse is attributed to John Thomas McFarland, 1887 (1851-1913). The song is sung to two different melodies, "Mueller" and "Cradle Song" (by William J. Kirkpatrick).

Away in a Manger - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


You can hear both tunes in the midi separated by a short pause.


Monique from France said "I learned this song from the American language assistant we had in 10th grade. She sang it to the 'Cradle Song' tune."



Sung by Emily and Megan Kunkel.

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Away in a Manger

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Image: The Nativity of Christ, Vladimir Borovikovsky, Rococo.