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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.
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Away in a manger, No crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus Laid down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky Looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus, Asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, The baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus No crying he makes. I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky, And stay by my side Until morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay Close by me for ever, And love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children In thy tender care, And fit us for heaven, To live with thee there.
This must be surely the all-time favourite Christmas hymn with young children, and with adults too, who feel free to enjoy singing it when children are present.
In America it is still ascribed to Martin Luther. Its only connection with him is the possibility that it was written for the celebrations in 1883 to mark the 400th anniversary of his birth. It may have been first recited at a crib service in the same way that Luther’s own Christmas hymn ‘Vom Himmel Hoch, da komm ich her’ (From high heaven I come down) was first sung. The first two verses were published in a Lutheran Little Children’s Book in Philadelphia in 1885. It is now impossible to recover the name of the true author. The third verse was added in 1887.
There are some forty musical settings in America, but the one universally known in Britain is the tune by the American William J. Kirkpatrick published in Cincinatti in 1895, written as part of a small children’s play for Christmas.