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Away in a Manger

Silent Night

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Away in a Manger

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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 sky all looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
The 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 forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.

 

Arrangement Copyright 2000 Don Wigton

 

Though this hymn is generally considered a children’s Christmas carol, Don’s instrumental arrangement certainly appeals to everyone. The airy guitar overlaid by a wispy piano complements a melody that is played on a melodic cello. We pray that the simplicity of this song will lift you from the complexity of the adult world and encourage you in your praise of Christ who was born in Bethlehem.

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Though no one quite knows the author, this Christmas praise song has been attributed to Martin Luther. It first appeared in a Lutheran hymnal in the mid-1800s. Though it is considered a children’s Christmas carol and is sung over-and-over by youngsters wearing halos and white sheets in children’s Christmas programs, the simplicity of “Away in a Manger” appeals to people of all ages.

When arranging the song It was my desire to capture its simplicity in a way that adults will appreciate. For simplicity’s sake I kept the song simple, suing only acoustic guitar, piano and strings. For adults, I added some interesting chords. The first verse is played by the lute-like guitar only, followed by the tinkles of the piano in the second verse. A cello comes in the last verse to complete the arrangement.

In our complex world, the simplicity of children is often refreshing. We pray that this piece will invigorate you and lift you in praise of the baby Jesus.

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Silent Night

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Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin mother and child!
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia;
Christ, the Savior, is born, Christ the Savior, is born.

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light!
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

 

Arrangement Copyright 2000 Don Wigton

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This favorite Christmas hymn was first performed in a small church in the Austrian Alps. The organ was broken down and a song needed to be written that could be played on guitar. Out of this necessity came “Silent Night.” This moving instrumental arrangement begins with soft acoustic guitars to capture that magic moment when the song was first performed. A light tinkling piano breaks in with the melody bringing to life the star-lit night when our Savior was born.

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As always from this group, sample quality is top notch.  Very beautiful, relaxing, and shows some excellent artistic talent.  A very beautiful piano arrangement for Silent Night!  

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I doubt if I am alone when I say that this is my favorite Christmas hymn of all time. Interestingly enough the writers of this classic had to come up with it at the last moment. The organ in a small Catholic church in the Austrian Alps was broken down just before Christmas in 1818. Joseph Mohr, the priest, busily took on the task of coming up with some music and scratched out the words to “Silent Night”. He showed them to the organist Franz Gruber who put the words to music.

When the song was first performed it was played on guitar. I wanted to come up with an instrumental arrangement that would bring us back to that moment when this touching song about the birth of Christ was first performed. Naturally, therefore, I began the arrangement with light picking acoustic guitars. Quietly and gently the piano sneaks in to create a mood that captures the wonder of Christ’s birth.

Mohr and Gruber had looked for the perfect Christmas hymn for years. As soon as Gruber saw the lyrics he declared to his pastor, “You have found it -- the right song -- God be praised!” Indeed, Christmas music does not get any better than this.

  

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The Christian hymn lyric and hymn story material offered on this page is only a portion of our ministry resources.  Click on some of the links below to acess more! is a subsidiary of Wigtune Company, formed as a service to the body of Christ.   Our vision is to encourage scriptural worship in the Church by offering free praise music and hymns performed in a contemporary manner along with a free on-line worship study book for personal devotions, Bible study groups, Sunday schools, pastors, music ministers and ministry training.  The worship study book  lends theological and historical support to the use of traditional Christian hymn-singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing. Click on one of the links below to enter into the Wigtune resource that interests you !

We believe that the current contention among Christian generations over church music is unnesessary.  One does not have to chose between the classic traditional hymns such as the patriotic songs America the Beautiful, The Star Spangled Banner, Battle hymn of the Republic and the contemporary praise chorus and song.  Solomon declared that there is a place for everything under the sun. The worship musical material and the worship Bible study book offered at the Wigtune website support this theme.Vision Statement    Going to this page will inform the WEB surfer the circumstances that lead to the Wigtune offering of praise song and hymn along with the worship Bible study book that lends theology and history based support to the use of traditional Christian hymn singing  of the patriotic songs The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic in conjunction with praise chorus singing.  Wigtune Story    The free on-line worship Bible study book is a manual for the use of the pastor, teacher, music minister, Bible study group, sunday school and any situation where a theological and historical lesson regarding worship is desired.  The Bible study is presented in outline form with questions that require thoughtful answers to the biblical and history based information that is presented.  Free On-Line Worship Studybook   

Free mp3 praise music  including the patriotic hymn America the Beautiful, The Star Spangled Banner, Battle Hymn of the Republic in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.  Free Praise Music and Charts  

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