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The Monday Poem > In the bleak midwinter by Christina Rossetti 25 December 2017

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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,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass 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


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

This is one of my favourite Christmas carols. I think it’s beautiful, even though I am not personally of strong faith


message 3: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7484 comments Mod
I love this Heather, especially the last line. It reminds me a bit of the Little Drummer Boy in sentiment. The simple way the poem unfolds matches the subject matter perfectly. What a nice poem to highlight for Christmas! :)


message 4: by Joan (new)

Joan Heather I recognized the hymn but I had never actually paid attention to the words or read Rossetti’s poem. Thank you for leading me to new things.

Music by Holst https://youtu.be/-BNKmVmfdAo
Music by Darke https://youtu.be/GPpy3XSk6c0, I thought the voices of the boys opening this version were beautiful
Music by Britten https://youtu.be/XPmZkLaQRZY, is very different, naturally since it is by Britten.


message 5: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ Wonderful poem, Heather.

Thanks for the links, Joan.


message 6: by Susie (new)

Susie | 179 comments Really beautiful poem...thanks for sharing!


message 7: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Beautiful poem, Heather. Thank you got sharing. I love Christina Rossetti and it's been a while since I've read one of her poems.


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