Monday, December 14, 2015

In the Bleak Midwinter

"In the Bleak Midwinter " by Becca Merry

Today's poem from the Advent Literary Calendar ( BookRiot) is "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Christina Rosetti:




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.
Quilt by Ruth Power:   "In the Bleak Midwinter"
Print by Rebecca Thorne:  "In the Bleak Midwinter"

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