Come, Come, Come to the Manger

The author and composer of this Christmas hymn are unknown:
  • It was published unattributed in the American Catholic Hymnal (1913) - this is the source of the sheet music below.
  • The Popular Carol Book (Richard J. Coleman, Geoffrey Court, Rosalind Russell), Bloomsbury Publishing, 1998 credits the words to John Robert, Abbot of Downside, but no other sources for this, or information about John Robert, have been found.


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Solo singer with guitar / mandolin backing:

Congregation accompanied by organ


Come, come, come to the manger,
Children, come to the children's King;
Sing, sing, chorus of angels,
Star of morning, o'er Bethlehem sing.

He lies 'mid the beasts of the stall,
Who is Maker and Lord of us all;
The wintry wind blows cold and dreary,
See, He weeps, the world is weary,
Lord, have pity and mercy on me!

He leaves all His glory behind,
To be born and die for humankind;
With grateful beasts His cradle chooses,
Thankless man His love refuses,
Lord, have pity and mercy on me!

To the manger of Bethlehem come,
To the Saviour Emmanuel's home;
The heav'nly hosts above are singing,
Set the Christmas bells a-ringing,
Lord, have pity and mercy on me!

ABC Notation

T:Come To The Manger
"^Refrain"yy "G"G3 "D"A3 | D3/2 E/2 F "Am" E2 D | "G"G2 A B3/2 c/2 B | "Am"A2 E "D"A3 |
w:Come, come, come to the man- ger, Child- ren, come to the child- ren's King;
"G"G3 "D"A3 | D3/2 E/2 F "Am"E2 D | "G"E2 F G3/2 c/2 B | "D"A G F "G"G2
w:Sing, sing, Cho- rus of an- gels, Stars of morn- ing, o'ver Beth- le hem sing.
"^Verse" B | B3/2 A/2 B G A B | "C"(c3 c) d c | "Em"B3/2 A/2 B B A G | "D"A3-A2 (D/2=C/2) |
w:1~~~He lies 'mid the beasts of the stall,_ Who is Mak- er and Lord of us all,_ The_
w:2~~~He leaves all His glo-ry be-hind,_ to be born and die for hu-man-kind;_ With_
w:3~~~To~the man-ger of Beth-le-hem come,_ to the sav-iour Em-man-uel's_ home;_ The_
"Em"G2 A B2 c | "G"d2 G "D"F2 D | "G"d2 G "D"F2 D | "G"d2 G (F E) D |
w:1~~~win- try wind blows cold and drear- y, See, He weeps, the world is wea-_ ry,
w:2~~~grate-ful beasts His cra-dle choo-ses, thank-less man His love re-fus_es,
w:3~~~heav'n-ly hosts a-bove are sing-ing, set the Christ-mas bells a ring_ing,
"Em"G2 A B3/2 c/2 B | "D"A G F "G"G3|]
w:Lord, have pi- ty and mer- cy on me.

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