In the Bleak Midwinter – Rossetti

(c) Malcolm Teasdale

Last night at Christ the King‘s Lessons and Carols service we sang this beautiful hymn by Christina Rossetti, set by Gustav Holst (1906).  Our arrangement turned out well so we thought we would post it.  A Christmas that longs for Christ’s return.

In the Bleak Midwinter (Christina Rossetti)
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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 Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

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.

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