Scripture Verse

She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7


Words: Eli­za­beth K. Boss, In a Man­ger Laid, Na­za­rene Mes­sen­ger, volu­me 12, num­ber 25, 1907, page 14.

Music: Na­per­ville Ema­nu­el Pop­pen, in Pri­ma­ry School Ca­rols (Co­lum­bus, Ohio: Lu­ther­an Book Con­cern, 1914), num­ber 5 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Boss or Pop­pen (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Just a lit­tle ba­by,
In a man­ger laid,
Cattle all around Him,
Yet He’s not afraid.

God is watch­ing o’er Him,
Angels hov­er round,
Wise men came and wor­shiped,
Bowing to the ground.

Spreading gifts before Him,
Frankincense and gold,
Things a ti­ny ba­by
Surely couldn’t hold.

Just the sweet­est baby,
Mother ev­er won,
Yet the Lord of glo­ry,
God’s be­lov­èd Son.