Murray made one serious tactical mistake in saying that Luther "composed" the hymn, and then placing only his own initials where the composer's name is normally given. As a consequence, his fellow compilers of song books apparently supposed that all he had done was to arrange the accompaniment. As a result of this "tactical error", Murray's melody appeared, without credit, in several subsequent publications.
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By , the melody was attributed to "Carl Mueller",  and this attribution was repeated several times in other publications. The standard melody in England is "Cradle Song". The tune, written by the American composer William J. Kirkpatrick , was first published as part of the collection Around the World with Christmas , a "Christmas Exercise" for schools featuring material representing various countries: "Away in a Manger" was included, under the title "Luther's Cradle Hymn", as a representative of "The German Fatherland".
Kirkpatrick's melody was later published in numerous hymn-books, and was the setting that, in Hill's words, "first carried the words beyond the confines of the United States", being included in collections such as Carey Bonner 's Sunday School Hymnary The first music mentioned in connection with "Away in a Manger" was a pre-existing composition: Home! This was suggested as a musical setting in Little Pilgrim Songs and The Myrtle , and continued to be mentioned as an appropriate melody for decades to come. The first known musical setting specifically published with the words appeared in an Evangelical Lutheran Sunday School collection, Little Children's Book for Schools and Families ; preface dated Christmas , where it simply bore the title "Away in a Manger".
It was set to a tune called "St. Kilda," credited to J. Clark or any other printing of his tune, previous or later, has been located. The melody by John Bunyan Herbert  first published in , is identified by Hill as among the most popular. Charles H.
Gabriel, already mentioned as being the first to publish the third verse in , is also notable for having published more different musical arrangements of the hymn than any other known composer. Another popular arrangement, found at least as early as ,  sets the words to Jonathan E. Spilman 's melody "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton". Hill, writing in , found Spilman's musical setting to be the second most published after Murray's. An arrangement dating from sets the words to an "old Normandy Carol". An arrangement by Christopher Erskine combines the two most-popular tunes for the hymn, from Kirkpatrick and Murray.
In this version, the Kirkpatrick setting is sung by one choir, and the Murray setting by the other choir, alternating through the first two verses. Both settings are sung together for the third verse. An publication of "Home Sweet Home", the earliest known musical setting of the carol. First known musical setting to be published with the carol, from "Little children's book" Murray, as originally published in Herbert's setting , misattributed to Luther in this collection. Gabriel's setting, featuring a chorus at the end of each verse. Set to the melody "Flow gently, Sweet Afton" by Spilman from an collection.
A more expansive arrangement of Spilman's melody Set to an "Old Normandy carol" From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Away in a Manger. Musical settings of "Away In A Manger". The Christian Cynosure.
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The little Lord Jesus Lay down His sweet head. The stars in the sky Looked down where He lay. I love Thee Lord Jesus Look down from the sky. And stay by my cradle Till morning is night. Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care. And fit us for heaven To live with Thee there.
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