My favorite

This is my favorite Christmas Carol. I feel that it is much better suited to Holst’s tune than Darke’s.

Happy Advent.

Here are all the verses Christina Rossetti wrote before 1872. I’ve edited the conditional clause regarding Heaven gathering to worship the Only Begotten, and added the correct spelling to avoid the common mispronunciation of an order of angels (כרובים k’ruvim).

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 kherubim, 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… gathered there,
Kherubim 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.


One Response to “My favorite”

  1. FrGregACCA Says:

    From the Byzantine Rite:

    “What shall we offer Thee, O Christ,
    Who for our sakes hast appeared on earth as man?
    Every creature made by Thee offers Thee thanks,
    The angels offer a hymn; The heavens a star;
    The wisemen gifts; the shepherds, their wonder;
    The earth, its cave; the wilderness, a manger.
    And we offer Thee a virgin mother.
    O pre-eternal God, have mercy on us!”

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