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Showing posts with label In the Bleak Midwinter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label In the Bleak Midwinter. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gloucester Cathedral Choir and Congregation - "In the Bleak Midwinter"


Beautiful lyrics by English poet Christina Rossetti, evocative music by Gustav Holst, and angelic voices of the Gloucester Cathedral Choir and congregation, make this a gem.

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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gloucester Cathedral Choir and Congregation - "In the Bleak Midwinter"


We've posted this beautiful video before and if you have not seen it, do yourself a favor. The words were written by the English romantic poet Christina Rosetti, and it became a classic Christmas carol when Gustav Holst set her words to music. May it bring you warmth, peace and joy in this holy season.




Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gloucester Cathedral - "In the Bleak Midwinter"






The words of this familiar hymn were written by the Victorian poet, Christina Rossetti (1830-1894). It is unlikely that her poem has ever been performed with more reverence and beauty than here, by the choir and congregation of Gloucester Cathedral.


Friday, December 21, 2007

Gloucester Cathedral - "In the Bleak Midwinter"


In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan;
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone.
Snow had fallen
Snow on snow on snow;
In the bleak midwinter
Long, long ago.

Angels and Archangels
May have gathered there;
Cherubim and Seraphim
Thronged the air.
But only his mother
In her maiden bliss,
Worshiped 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.