Thursday, December 23, 2010

In the bleak midwinter

A Christmas Carol
Alternate Title: In The Bleak Midwinter
~ Christina Georgina Rossetti 

1. In the bleak mid-winter 

  Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, 
  Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, 
  Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
  Long ago.

2. Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him 

  Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
  When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter 
  A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, 
  Jesus Christ.

3. Enough for Him, whom cherubim 

  Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk 
  And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels 
  Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel 
  Which adore.

4. Angels and archangels 

  May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim 
  Thronged the air,
But only His mother
 In her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the Beloved 
  With a kiss.

5. What can I give Him, 

  Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
  I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
  I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him, 
  Give my heart.

A Christmas Carol
Alternate Title: In The Bleak Midwinter
Words: Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), 1872;
appeared posthumously in 
 Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, Poem #426,  1904.
Music: "Cranham," Gustav Theodore Holst, 1906

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