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Once in a Manger Lowly


Once in a manger lowly hundreds of years ago
A little babe so holy came to this world below.
Near was a crowded city, Bethlehem dark and low
Here Joseph sought for pity, chill was the night and cold.

Angels sang out the sweet story, fear not for lo this morn
Jesus the Christ of Glory, a little babe is born.

Joseph and Mary weary, no one would take them in
Slept in a stable dreary, nigh to a crowded inn.
Out on the hillside frightened shepherds beheld the sight
For all the sky was lighted on that first Christmas night.

Angels sang out the sweet story, fear not for lo this morn
Jesus the Christ of Glory, a little babe is born.

Far from the east three strangers, led by a star, their way
Kept safely from great danger seeking the Christ they say.
Came to the manger lowly, bringing their gifts of love.
Worshipped the babe so holy, gift fro the world above

Glory to God in the highest. Peace and good will to men.
Glory to God in the highest. Ever amen, amen


Anonymous,  December 17, 2008 at 6:52 AM  

I was so glad to find this song. My grandmother use to sing this to my mother at Christmas and she(my mother) indicated she has never heard anyone else sing it. My mother is 85 so this song is obviously very old. If you know the author and the original date of the song would love to see that posted.

Anonymous,  November 25, 2009 at 6:39 PM  

I have an old faded copy and it indicates the composer to be T.B. Weaver and the title is 'The Bethlehem Babe'. I am looking for the sheet music because mine is very hard to read.

Anonymous,  September 28, 2010 at 1:39 PM  

thanks for posting this song....

Anonymous,  October 16, 2011 at 2:07 AM  

I am 76 . We learned this song from our older brothers and sisters.They learned it from the school they went to many many years ago. I am suprised to see it printed here. It is just like we learned it. I could sing it to you and you could write the music .

Anonymous,  November 9, 2011 at 2:09 AM  

my mother and father sang this song every christmas as a duet and later me and my sisters sang it as a trio. i'm; now 72 years old I ran across and old piece of music and my mother wrote that she got the song from her mother-in law it is very old

Anonymous,  December 5, 2011 at 6:12 AM  

My grandmother, too, sang this song to my father, back round 1915 to 1920. I have some of the words and the melody line that dad had written down from memory, but I had lost the 3rd verse. Thanks for posting. It's a shame songs like this become lost.

Anonymous,  January 1, 2012 at 3:02 PM  

i looked for this song on youtube but couldn't find it ... just love the lyrics ... where can i find an mp3 version of this song?

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