In the Bleak Mid-Winter

My favorite Christmas song…

In the bleak mid-winter, the frosty wind did moan
The earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone

Snow had fallen softly, snow on snow on snow
In the bleak mid-winter, oh so long ago
Our God, heaven cannot hold Him nor the earth sustain
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign

In the bleak mid-winter a stable place sufficed
For the Lord almighty, Jesus Christ

Oh what can I give Him, woeful as I am
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb
If I were a wiseman, oh I would do my part
Yet, what can I give Him — I will give my heart
Oh what can I give Him — I will give my heart

Anytime good poetry (thanks, Ms. Rossetti) is set to music as haunting as this, it’s a winner in my book.

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