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Baby In a Manger

About the Song

2007 Christmas Card Carol

This extremely simple little Christmas lullaby was written for my first grandson, Damien, when he was just two weeks old. He appreciated it then–babies like music–and I’m sure he’ll appreciate it when he’s 50 or so. In between, well…

In this arrangement, I gave the melody to the altos all the way through–a natural consequence of practicing “Still, Still, Still” as an alto and nearly dying of boredom.

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Lyrics

Baby in a manger ‘ere the break of day
Baby in a manger sleeping on the hay
Hear the angels singing, joyful at thy birth
“Gloria! Gloria! Peace on earth.”

Baby in a manger, legions gather nigh
Heaven’s song re-echoes ‘neath the starry sky
Hear the angels singing, joyful at thy birth
“Gloria! Gloria! Peace on earth.”

Baby in a manger, heaven’s host proclaims,
“This is the Messiah! Jesus is His name.”
Hear the angels singing, joyful at thy birth
“Gloria! Gloria! Peace on earth.”

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8 Comments

  1. Wendy

    I just want to say that I have used your music for nearly 20 years when it was introduced to me. I have accompanied and sung many of them, as have my daughters. Thank you so much for making these songs available for no charge. It is absolutely amazing! What a special talent.

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  2. Sharon Bowers

    Heard this for the first time sung by the Primary at a ward party. It was beautiful. The children knew all 3 verses equally well and sang like angels. When I talked to the accompanist after, she told me they just love it. Would recommend it to anybody.

    Thank you, Sally for making such a beautiful song available to us.

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  3. Stefan

    Hi Sally, I love your music and have performed various pieces with my choir. For Baby in a Manger I have a German translation. You can use it, if you want to.

    Stefan

    Kindlein in der Wiege, alles macht es neu
    Kindlein in der Wiege, schläft im warmen Heu
    Hört die Engel singen, freudig gute Mär:
    „Gloria! Gloria! Fried auf Erd.“

    Kindlein in der Wiege, einigt diese Welt
    Himmelsklang ertönet unterm Sternenzelt
    Hört die Engel singen, freudig gute Mär:
    „Gloria! Gloria! Fried auf Erd.“

    Kindlein in der Wiege, hört der Kunde Klang,
    „Das ist der Messias! Jesus ist sein Nam“
    Hört die Engel singen, freudig gute Mär:
    „Gloria! Gloria! Fried auf Erd.“

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  4. Louisa Baker

    Hi Sally,

    Thank you for sharing all your beautiful music. My three girls (11,10 & 8) sang your Baby In A Manger in three part harmony this Christmas. I have loved hearing your music fill my home. Thank you for your kindness and talent. Merry Christmas.
    – Louisa
    http://youtu.be/6cAF6N8eOrw

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    • Sally DeFord

      Awwww…. angels indeed! 🙂

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  5. Sherri Condie Sillitoe

    Thank you so much for this beautiful song. I have loved Still, Still, Still growing up and this song’s Alto part moves me as that song has. So wonderful. I am excited to have my primary sing it.

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  6. Kami Clark

    Thank you for this beautiful song. I was listening to it on the computer, and trying to decide if I wanted to have the primary kids learn it, when my 8 year old suddenly appeared next to me, and excitedly asked if we were going to sing it in primary. There is a power in it that grabs you from the first line. They want to sing it all year long.

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  7. Hyra Wright

    Thank you for your lovely spirit singing through your music. I am grateful for the opportunity to use the beautiful musical paintings you share.

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