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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

In The Bleak Midwinter

My favorite carol, this instrumental version is from the new Loreena McKennitt CD, A Midwinter Night's Dream.

Text: Christina G. Rossetti (1830-1894)
Music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)





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,
worshiped 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.

3 comments:

Marilyn Miller said...

Very peaceful music and pictures. I needed that for a few moments. Thanks!

Melanie said...

We were just listening to this cd last night, and I was telling my husband it is my favorite song! He, being the music buff he is, told me Gustav Holst is an English composer.

robert said...

Thanks for posting the words of Christina Rosetti's beautiful carol, and for the haunting instrumental version of Gustav Holst's tune. A lovely introduction to the Christmas season.

Today is the 179th annivesary of Rosetti's birth. And if you enjoy learning about the history of our traditional hymns and gospel songs I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

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