Christmas Eve with Christina Rossetti

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.
Christina Rossetti

10 Replies to “Christmas Eve with Christina Rossetti”

  1. This is lovely! Photo and poem. I would like to hear you read this poem. I think you have the means to do so. Thank you, Mom


    1. Once I get rid of my cold, I will give it a try!! 🙂 Thank you for all of your encouragement over the years. 🙂


    1. I used to play this on the piano over and over and over! 🙂 There is a calm reverence, a recognition that we can participate. All the very best of this special season. 🙂

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    1. That is the best description – “silence of winter.” This has been a memorable Christmas – lots of family time. I especially appreciated our Queen’s message on reconciliation. Reconciliation is a wonderful word to hold in our hearts as we begin a New Year.


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