Douglas Niedt

Away in a Manger

William Kirkpatrick (arranged by Douglas and Elizabeth Niedt)

Copyright Douglas Niedt, All Rights Reserved. This Christmas music for classical guitar may be reprinted, but please be considerate and give credit to Douglas Niedt.

Once again, for my Christmas Technique Tip of the Month, I offer a gift to you of a special classical guitar arrangement of a Christmas carol. I usually try to make these Christmas songs easy to play (but still sound full and interesting) so they can be learned by Christmas.

NOTE: This is NOT the same arrangement as the one on my classical guitar Christmas CD, In Heavenly Peace.

The Story Behind the Christmas Carol

The most thrilling story ever known began in a Bethlehem stable over two thousand years ago. This beautiful, simple carol tells the story of the baby Jesus lying in a manger that first Christmas night. The serene picture painted in the carol’s lyrics and music defines peace on Earth better than many books or sermons.

The melody Niedt has arranged here is the version most often heard in England, but was written by an American composer of hymns, William J. Kirkpatrick, and first published in 1895.

The lyrics of the first two verses were probably a poem that originated in the United States in the mid-1800s. The precious “prayer stanza” (third verse) was added several years later. So powerfully do these four lines capture a child’s total love, devotion, and trust in Jesus:

“Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And take us to heaven to live with Thee there.”


Listen to me play it:

Away In A Manger, Easy Version (William Kirkpatrick) arranged by Douglas Niedt

And now, The Christmas Sheet Music for Guitar of Away in a Manger

Here is the free Christmas sheet music for guitar of Away in a Manger.
Click this link to access the PDF. It is crystal clear and you can print it out.
It is in standard notation for classical guitar and Christmas guitar tab.

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