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Child In The Manger Christmas Song

Child In The Manger

Year: 1888

Written By: Mary MacDonald

'Child In The Manger' is a Scot Gaelic hymn, called 'Leanabh an Aigh', that was written by Mary MacDonald (a noted whiskey smuggler) early in the 19th century. It was translated into English and published by Lachlan Macbean in 1888. The tune of the song appeared in the Cat Stevens hit from 1971 'Morning Has Broken' but there was no semblance of the lyrics that were attached to the original carol. A more faithful rendition came via Michael W. Smith who released it as part of a medley with 'Away In A Manger' for his 1998 'Christmastime' album.


Child In The Manger Lyrics

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

Once the most holy Child of salvation
Gently and lowly lived here below.
Now as our glorious mighty Redeemer,
See Him victorious over 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.