Away in a Manger is a Christmas carol first published in the late nineteenth century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. Ranking joint second in a 1996 Gallup Poll, it is one of the most popular carols in Britain. The earliest known publication, in The Myrtle, ascribed the lyrics to German Protestant reformer Martin Luther, explicitly referencing his 400th birthday in 1883. For many years this attribution continued to be made – however, it appears to be false: the hymn is found nowhere among Luther's works and was most likely written specifically for his 400th birthday and attributed to him as a ‘marketing gimmick’.
This edition for SSA Choir presents the Normandy tune as arranged by Ronald Corp – a composer, conductor and Church of England priest.