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In the Bleak Mid-Winter

In the bleak mid-winter,
frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard a s iron,
water like a stone:
snow had fallen, snow on snow,
snow on snow,
in the bleak mid-winter,
long ago.

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.

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.

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.

Words: Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-94)
Music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)


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