Child in the manger (Bunessan)


Child in the manger, Infant of Mary,
Outcast and Stranger, Lord of all,
Child Who inherits all our transgressions,
All our demerits on Him fall.

Once the most holy Child of salvation
Gently and lowly lived below.
Now as our glorious mighty Redeemer,
See Him victorious o’er each foe.

Prophets foretold Him, Infant of wonder;
Angels behold Him on His throne.
Worthy our Savior of all our praises;
Happy forever are His own.

The original Gaelic version of this carol can be found here: Leanabh an àigh


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  • Tune: Bunessan
  • Meter: 55 54 D
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Celtic, Scottish, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Ma­ry M. Mac­don­ald (1789-1872) in Gaelic
  • English language Translator: Lach­lan Mac­bean (1853-1931) in Hymnal: Songs and Hymns of the Gael (published Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land: 1888).
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved