Christmas: In The Bleak Midwinter

In a previous post I discussed the life of Christina Georgina Rossetti.

One of her poems was set to music about twelve years after her death.

In The Bleak Midwinter Miss Rossetti discussed the harshness of winter.  Fall was a fast fading memory, and Spring was a hope yet to be realized.

However, in the bleak midwinter there was hope with a newborn child.  Surrounded by animals in a stable, shepherds, and an adoring mother and a contemplative father, the babe would change his world and generations to come.

Here are the words of the poem.  Listed below are links to various versions of the song.

Merry Christmas!  May your Christmas not be bleak in 2012.


In the bleak midwinter

Frosty winds made moan

Earth stood as 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 was a shepherd

I would bring a lamb

If I were a wise man

I would do my part

Yet what can I give Him?

Give my heart.

G. D. Williams       © 2012

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Gloucester Cathedral Choir

Tine Thing Helseth

Loreena McKennitt

James Taylor