Popular Christmas Carols in Spanish

Away in a Manger / Jesus en Pesebre

As Christmas time approaches in Guatemala, you will hear many popular Christmas carols in Spanish in schools, at the mall, and as you're driving or walking among the shops. Below you'll find the lyrics to Away in a Manger in Spanish (or Noche de Paz) and you can watch a video of Away in a Manger being sung in Spanish, as well.

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This is a popular Christmas carol that used to be known as one of the works of Martin Luther. However, no proof has ever been found to link Luther with the song. It originates in the 1880s and first appeared in 1885. Up to this day, the lyricist remains a mystery with a lot of leads but no definite answer. Part of the song has been seen in Gabriel's Vineyard Songs; thus, it has also been linked to him. It appears that Gabriel gave the credits to Luther to give it more popularity and recognition. Dr. John McFarland has also been speculated to contribute to the lyrics, but no real proof as well. There are also a lot of names who are said to be responsible for the song's tune. William J. Kirkpatrick was among the major contributors to the song's lovely melody.

Lyrics to Away in a Manger in Spanish

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Jesús en pesebre,

Sin cuna, nació;

Su tierna cabeza

En heno durmió.


Los astros, brillando,

Prestaban su luz

Al niño dormido,

Pequeño Jesús.


Los bueyes bramaron

Y Él despertó,

Mas Cristo fue bueno

Y nunca lloró.


Te amo, oh Cristo,

Y mírame, sí,

Aquí en mi cuna,

Pensando en ti.


Te pido, Jesús,

Que me guardes a mí,

Amándome siempre,

Como te amo a ti.


A todos los niños

Da tu bendición,

Y haznos más dignos

De tu gran mansión.


Lyrics to Away in a Manger in English

Away in a manger,

No crib for His bed

The little Lord Jesus

Laid down His sweet head.


The stars in the sky

Looked down where He lay

The little Lord Jesus

Asleep on the hay.


The cattle are lowing

The poor Baby wakes,

But little Lord Jesus

No crying He makes.


I love Thee, Lord Jesus,

Look down from the sky,

And stay by my side,

'Til 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 take us to heaven

To live with Thee there


Other Popular Spanish Christmas Carols:

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