Child in a Manger / Child in the Manger

This hymn was originally written as "Leanabh an aigh" in Scots Gaelic by Ma­ry M. Mac­don­ald (1789-1872).

 It was trans­lat­ed to Eng­lish by Lach­lan Mac­bean (1853-1931) and published in Songs and Hymns of the Gael (Ed­in­burgh 1888) set to the tune BUNESSAN, a tra­di­tion­al Gael­ic mel­o­dy with meter D, more recently used for Morning has Broken and Christ Be Beside Me.




Child in the manger, Infant of Mary,
Outcast and Stranger, Lord of all,
Child Who inherits all our transgressions,
All our demerits on Him fall.

Once the most holy Child of salvation
Gently and lowly lived below.
Now as our glorious mighty Redeemer,
See Him victorious o’er each foe.

Prophets foretold Him, Infant of wonder;
Angels behold Him on His throne.
Worthy our Savior of all our praises;
Happy forever are His own.

ABC Notation:

C:Traditional tune
C:Child in the Manger / Morning Has Broken / Christ be Beside me / et al
C E G | c3 d3 B A G | A3 G3 C D E |
        G3 A3 G E C | D3-D3 G E G |
        c3 A3 G E C | C3 D3 E D E |
        G3 A3 D E D | C3-C3 z3    |]

Ref:  What is ABC

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