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Song of the Month for December 2019: In the Bleak Midwinter

December 19, 2019 by

For December’s Song of the Month, we’d like to share with you a version of Christina Rossetti’s well-known Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. The music is by Gustav Holst, arranged by Jason Robison. Enjoy this rendition by a male quintet from Fox Hill community:

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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 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.

 


Learn more about Christina Rossetti (and hear another song)

Listen to more Songs of the Month here.

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