Our American Holidays - Christmas/A Christmas Carol (Rossetti)

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Now better known as "In the Bleak Midwinter", Rossetti's poem has been set to music by a number of composers, including Gustav Holst and Harold Darke.



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.

Angels and archangels
     May have gathered there;
Cherubim and seraphim
     Thronged the air.
But only His Mother,
     In her maiden bliss,
Worshipped her 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.

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.