If we were to remember back to the first Christmas song we learned or maybe heard at the advent time of year, most would identify AWAY IN A MANGER, as one of their very favourite carols to sing. In childhood and still today, this song will bring us assurance that the little baby, Jesus Christ, gives us an eternal and steadfast love. When all around us may be discouraging and fearful, Jesus remains with us to give peace and hope.
The original two verses of this carol, were first published in the Lutheran Sunday School collection in 1885. The third verse was added in 1892. It was originally thought that the author was Martin Luther. However, research proved this not to be true. And still today, the author remains unknown.
There are two tunes for this carol. The first was composed in 1895 by William Kirkpatrick and the second in 1945 by James Murray. During any Christmas time, you will be inspired to sing along when either tune begins!