In the bleak midwinter Lyrics
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.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of 'In the bleak midwinter', Gustav T. Holst (September 21, 1874-May 25, 1934), was born in Cheltenham, Essex, England and became World famous for his seven-movement orchestral suite 'The Planets'.
History of 'In the bleak midwinter' Christmas Carol
The history of this famous festive song began when Christina Rossetti was asked to write a Christmas poem for the magazine 'Scribner's Monthly'. The lyrics of the Carol are taken on the words of the poem.
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: In the bleak midwinter
Author of Lyrics: Christina Rossetti (December 5, 1830 to December 29, 1894)
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Gustav T. Holst (September 21, 1874 to May 25, 1934)
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan
First Publication Date: 1872