Saturday, November 27, 2010

In the bleak midwinter

Featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, Michael George (not to be confused with George Michael!), and the choirs of Coventry Cathedral and Lichfield Cathedral:



Featuring the choir of King's College Chapel, Cambridge:



1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

2 comments:

  1. I always preferred Darke's tune. But it's a evocative carol either way!

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  2. Very true! Thanks, James! :-)

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