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In the Bleak Mid-Winter

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In the Bleak Mid-Winter is a well known Christmas carol.

  • Tune: Cranham
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 - 1934)
  • Lyricist: Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
  • Music and lyrics Public Domain.


In the bleak midwinter, frost 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.
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.
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.

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