In the bleak mid-winter (Cranham)

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Cranham
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Style: Victorian, Carol
  • Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 – 1934)
  • Lyricist: Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.


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Carol – In the bleak mid-winter – Lyrics

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,
A breastful of milk, and a manger full of hay:
Enough for him, whom angels fall down before,
The ox and as 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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