55. In the Bleak Midwinter

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 almighty, Jesus Christ.

3 Enough for him, whom cherubim worship night and day,
a breast full of milk, and a manger full of hay.
Enough for him, whom angels fall down before,
the ox and ass and camel which adore.

4 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, frosty wind made moan
Title: In the Bleak Midwinter
Author: Christina Georgina Rossetti (ca. 1872)
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: The Christian Year: Christmas; Angels; Christian Year: Christmas (9 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Gustav Theodor Holst (1906)
Meter: Irregular
Key: F Major

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