Words: Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894 Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934 Tune: CRANHAM, Meter: Irr. Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Heaven cannot hold Him, nor the earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall welcome Him when he comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed for the Lord Incarnate, Jesus Christ.
Angels and archangels sang their praises there, cherubim and seraphim gathered in the air; but his Mother Mary, in her maiden bliss, worshiped the Beloved only 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 One, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart yet what I can I give him: give my heart.