S1 E2: Celebrating Christmas with Christina Rossetti

Frozen pond with snow.
In The Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti

In the Bleak Midwinter

Poetry by Christina Rossetti Music Composed by Gustav Holst

In the bleak mid-winter
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 mid-winter
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 mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty —
Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom Angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.


Angels and Archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air;
But only His Mother
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 hear

Published by Rebecca Budd

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4 thoughts on “S1 E2: Celebrating Christmas with Christina Rossetti

    1. One of the my most favorite Christmas events is our Queen’s speech. I look forward to it every year, Mandy. A few years ago, our Queen ended her speech with Christina Rossetti’s poem, In the Bleak Midwinter. And that is when I decided that I would recite the poem. I am delighted that you joined me in reciting it together. It gives such Christmas cheer! Sending hugs!

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