Away in a Manger

Learn to play easy piano versions of "Away in a Manger".

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You can download the free sheet music PDF arrangement of “Away in a Manger” by clicking the PDF icon above.

The Paint with Piano Purple level features easy to play arrangements that are typeset in spacious, easy to read grand staff notation. These arrangements are designed to be easily played by young and beginner piano students. This arrangement of Away in a Manger for easy piano uses block chords and broken triads (arpeggios) to provide a gentle accompaniment to this quiet holiday Christmas carol. The melody should be played strongly and the accompaniment gently. When teaching this arrangement it is a good idea to block the broken triads together for the first eight measures so the student can see the relationship between m. 1-8 and m. 8-16.

Away in a Manger is a popular Christmas carol sung often around the holiday season. It was first published 1884, and is one of the most popular carols in Britain. The words describe the setting of the birth of baby Jesus, and though there are many musical settings, the two most popular are the setting by William Kirkpatrick from 1895 and the setting by James Murray from 1887. This arrangement uses the melody from James Murray’s setting of the text.

You can download the free sheet music PDF arrangement of “Away in a Manger” by clicking the PDF icon above. This Paint with Piano arrangement is easy to read and features hand drawn notation symbols and extra-large musical staffs.


Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head
The stars in the bright sky
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 side,
'Til 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 take us to heaven
To live with Thee there.

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