This hymn is rapidly becoming one of my favorite hymns. And ever since I found this video on YouTube, this rendition is my favorite rendition. It is not a hymn I grew up singing or hearing much. There is just something sublime about hearing this in an English cathedral, with an English boys choir.
In the bleak mid-winter / 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 mid-winter / 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 mid-winter / A stable-place sufficed / The Lord God Almighty, / Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim / Worship night and day, / A breastful of milk / And a mangerful of hay; / Enough for Him, whom angels / Fall down before, / The ox and ass and camel / Which adore.
Angels and archangels / May have gathered there, / Cherubim and seraphim / Thronged the air, / But only His mother / 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.
I wish all my family and friends a very Merry Christmas! I hope you take the time in the midst of the final hustle and bustle of shopping, cookie baking, meal prep, football games, eating, sleeping, tacky light touring and parties to “ponder” what all the fuss is about.