305. In the bleak midwinter

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1 In the bleak midwinter,
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 midwinter,
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 midwinter
a stable place sufficed
the Lord God incarnate,
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 his mother only,
in her maiden bliss,
worshiped 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.

Text Information
First Line: In the bleak midwinter
Author: Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: 1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chronicles 2:6; 2 Corinthians 8:9; 2 Peter 3:10; Luke 2:1-20; Luke 21:33; Matthew 2:1-12; Matthew 24:35; Revelation 4:8
Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Christmas and Epiphany; Angels; Mary (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Gustav Theodore von Holst (1874-1934)
Meter: Irregular
Key: F Major or modal

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