Peter’s arrangement of AWAY IN A MANGER was composed for the Lambda Beta Chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity from Susquehanna University. It was premiered by the Brotherhood conducted by Jason J. Michael. The Chamber Singers of Susquehanna also performed the piece during their annual Christmas/Winter program in 1992.
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 cradle till morning is nigh.
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.
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