Number: 36
Title: In the Bleak Midwinter
Author: Christina Rossetti, c. 1872; alt.Gustav Theodore Holst, 1906
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
Theme: Christmas

1.  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.

2.  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 incarnate,
    Jesus Christ.

3.  Angels and archangels
    May have gathered there,
    Cherubim and seraphim
    Thronged the air;
    But His mother only,
    In her maiden bliss,
    Worshiped the beloved
    With a kiss.

4.  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.