In the bleak mid-winter

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In the bleak mid-winter

"In the bleak mid-winter" is a well known Christmas carol.

  • Tune: Cranham
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 - 1934)
  • Lyricist: Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
In The Bleak MidWinter


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,
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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