Author of the Lyrics
The author of the words of the 'In the bleak midwinter' lyrics, Christina Rossetti (December 5, 1830-December 29, 1894), was born in St. Pancras, London, England and achieved fame as a poet who wrote a variety of devotional, romantic and children's poems.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of 'In the bleak midwinter', Gustav T. Holst (September 21, 1874-May 25, 1934), was born in Cheltenham, Essex, England and became World famous for his seven-movement orchestral suite 'The Planets'.
History of 'In the bleak midwinter' Christmas Carol
The history of this famous festive song began when Christina Rossetti was asked to write a Christmas poem for the magazine 'Scribner's Monthly'. The lyrics of the Carol are taken on the words of the poem.
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: In the bleak midwinter
Author of Lyrics: Christina Rossetti (December 5, 1830 to December 29, 1894)
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Gustav T. Holst (September 21, 1874 to May 25, 1934)
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan
First Publication Date: 1872
In the bleak midwinter Lyrics
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.