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A Manger Filled With Love

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:12 KJV

About the Song

Have you ever noticed how few words rhyme with “love?” Because of this unfortunate state of the English language, I had to make a hard choice–either abandon the concept I wanted to use for my 1997 “Christmas Card Carol” or write yet another song using the old above/love rhyme. As you might expect, I went with the rhyme. Church Music Submission: Relief Society division–Award of Merit 2003 (SSA)
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Recording featuring vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor:

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Recording featuring vocals by Sarah Crowther Ziroll:

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The shadows fell o’er Bethlehem, And o’er the waiting world And darkness gathered ’round The shepherds biding in the fields When in a moment song and splendor Rent the skies above And the night was filled with wonders And a manger was filled with Love Ah, that I had seen the shepherds Come to seek the Lamb And looked with them on Jesus’ face, And touched the infant hands And felt with them the Father’s peace Descending from above When their hearts were filled with wonder At a manger filled with Love I need not see the Holy Child To know him for my King I need not hear the voice of Heaven’s host re-echoing For I have heard the Spirit’s witness Whispered from above And my heart is filled with wonder At a manger filled with Love A voice as pure as angel-song Has spoken from above And my heart is filled with wonder At a manger filled with Love


  1. Vlad

    There is also a Russian version:
    Your music was just that beautiful!…

  2. Cindy

    Question, We have a cello but not flute is it possible to use the cello from the solo score for the SATB? Or do I need to rewrite the cello in a different key. We have two cellos but not a flute to be had.

  3. KMT

    Thanks for always offering your music for free. We love your music and enjoy the spirit we feel every time we sing it in our choir!

  4. Name (required, but pseudonyms are fine)

    Aloha Sally Deford!

    Beautiful music as always. Thank you. We are going to sing “A manger Filled with Love” at our annual Christmas concert.
    I direct a children’s choir of about 80 singers. We are grateful to you sharing your talents with the world. My choir does your music at our Christmas concerts.
    Our choir’s name is the Ko’olauloa Children’s Chorus and we are in residence at the Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus. All the singers are members of the church although we have a non member join us now and then. WE are open to all singers but it just so happens most people around our community are members of the church!

    Love and Mahalo,

    Esther Macy/Choral Director


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