Garden Reverie

Christmas

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER

Lyrics by Christina RosettiVinnie's Gentle Snow

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.

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.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

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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This entry was published on December 24, 2013 at 5:00 AM. It’s filed under garden, Glittermoon, holidays, photography, Richmond, Virginia and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Christmas

  1. I have been loving listening to this carol, did not know the author of the lyrics! Wonderful!

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    • It is one of my most favorite – those English carols pierce my heart. And if they are being sung by a boys choir, oh, my goodness. And, yes, interesting that Christina Rosetti wrote it – I can almost see a Pre-Raphaelite painting in my mind’s eye.

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