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Thread #31533   Message #609726
Posted By: Joe Offer
14-Dec-01 - 12:59 PM
Thread Name: Origins: In the Bleak Midwinter
Subject: ADD: In the Bleak Midwinter^^^
If you check at one of the online CD dealers, a song search for bleak midwinter will tell you the song has been recorded by about thirteen dozen women with middle-class English accents. I'm most familiar with the Julie Andrews recording, but even Cyndi Lauper did it. Nice song.
-Joe Offer-

Just so we have it and can search for it, here it is. I don't think I'll harvest it for the Digital Tradition.

(Christina Rossetti)

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 incarnate,
Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels
may have gathered there
cherubim and seraphim
thronged the air;
but his mother only,
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.

Words: Christina Rossetti, 1872 ^^^