Spring by Kathryn White

Friday, December 17, 2010

In the Bleak Midwinter

Star of Wonder by Trisha Romance

Inspiration while I write my Christmas Cards:

"In the Bleak Midwinter"
written by Christina Rossetti
mid-19th Century
sung since 1906 - The English Hymnal.

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.

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.

Another beautiful rendition by Loreena McKennitt: