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Away in a Manger



This is the church the Reuter opus #822 was built for. In 2004 the organ was removed to my home for preservation. As of April, 2008 the church itself is now under threat of being demolished to make way for a parking lot for a new larger church being built next to it.

1. Away in a manger, no crib for His bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep in the hay.

2. 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 the cradle till morning is nigh.

3. 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 take us to heaven, to Live with Thee there.

There is some controversy on who wrote this most popular of children's Christmas hymns. James R. Murray published the song in a popular children's songbook as Luther's Cradle Hymn (Composed by Martin Luther for his children and still sung by German mothers to their little ones.) Since the general public took the title at its word, it was passed it on that Luther wrote this hymn, and the myth continues today. The words came from a poem found inside a Lutheran Sunday school book published in 1885 in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Source: http://www.cvc.org/christmas/away.htm




performed on the original Reuter opus #822 console & pipe organ, September 2, 2005
The original 822's blower was in use at this time.



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