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This month's Free Tablature is
"Cradled in a Manger Meanly"

Traditional Cornish folk melody "Saltash"

Lyrics by George S. Rowe - 1879





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This month's tab is an arrangement of the Christmas hymn "Cradled In A Manger Meanly".  The words were written by British theologian George S. Rowe in 1879.   Rowe trained for the Wesleyan Methodist ministry at Didsbury College, Manchester. He served in a number of Wesleyan Methodist churches until he was appointed Professor of Pastoral Theology at Headingley College, Leeds.   While at that post, he also became the editor of  a missionary periodical, At Home and Abroad, in which his hymn, "Cradled in a Manger, Meanly" first appeared.   Rowe authored a number of other hymns that are still included in the Methodist hymnal today, including "Come Children All And Praise" and "When They Brought Little Children".

Originally, the hymn was paired with the tune "St Winifred", and that is still the tune most commonly associated with in churches throughout Europe.  In the United States, however, it is usually paired with the tune "Saltash", a traditional dance tune that was named after a town in the Cornish region of England where it originated.   Ralph Vaughan Williams first arranged it for the hymn "Jesus Thou Divine Companion", and since then, it has been paired with over 100 other hymns, including "Pleading Jesus", "Sing of Mary Pure and Lowly", and "Heavenly Father May Thy Blessing".

 Here is a link to a YouTube video of this hymn being sung by the Hope Chapel Christmas Choir.

This is a 2-part arrangement, melody and harmony, so find a playing partner, and get it ready for your Christmas celebrations.

Wishing you all peace, joy, and music this Christmas season, and throughout the coming New Year!

In music and friendship,




Cradled in a manger, meanly,
Laid the Son of Man His head;
Sleeping His first earthly slumber
Where the oxen had been fed.
Happy were those shepherds listening
To the holy angel's word;
Happy they within that stable
Worshipping their infant Lord.

Happy all who hear the message
Of His coming from above;
Happier still who hail His coming,
And with praises greet His love.
Blessed Savior, Christ most holy,
In a manger Thou didst rest;
Canst Thou stoop again, yet lower,
And abide within my breast?

Evil things are there before Thee;
In the heart, where they have fed,
Wilt Thou pitifully enter,
Son of Man, and lay Thy head?
Enter, then, O Christ most holy;
Make a Christmas in my heart;
Make a heaven of my manger:
It is heaven where Thou art.

And to those who never listened
To the message of Thy birth,
Who have winter, but no Christmas
Bringing them Thy peace on earth,
Send to these the joyful tidings;
By all people, in each home,
Be there heard the Christmas anthem;
Praise to God, the Christ has come!



JPG Dulcimer






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