Nat King Cole, a national treasure, sings Away in a Manger. This is what I call the American melody that goes with the hymn.
This was the first Christmas hymn I ever learned. When I hear it, I think of the “primary” class at Sunday school–nowadays it would be called “day care”–and this little book they gave us, one Christmas. On the front cover was a picture of the Holy Family in the manger: and how well I remember the sweet smile on the baby’s face!
I will never forget it.