Allison Crowe performs a traditional song of the season, In the Bleak Midwinter. This is part of her live television special, Tidings.
A live-in-the-studio recording of this song is on Allison Crowe's "Tidings" album - a modern classic.
In the Bleak Midwinter
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.