How to Survive Christmas: In the Bleak Midwinter

Posted: December 22, 2008 in Church, How to Survive Christmas
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Sang this carol at Church on Sunday:

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.

Can anyone please explain what this is all about? I’m sure it wasn’t snowing when Jesus was born?

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Comments
  1. adventuresofabeautyqueen says:

    Hey there! Im sure it was snowing somewhere on the planet when Jesus was born. Or maybe the songwriter was taking advantage of poetic license… but it sounds like a very sad carol… what are the rest of the lyrics? I’ve never heard this song before…

  2. sacredfish says:

    Its a REALLY depressing carol:

    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 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.

    Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
    Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
    But His mother only, 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.

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