Friday, December 18, 2009

Poetry Friday

Once in while, I'm going to alternate Portrait Fridays with Poetry Fridays (depending on how I'm inspired that week!). A couple week's ago, our Heroine of the Weekend was Christina Rossetti, and I mentioned how much I love the carol set by Gustav Holst, using her lovely, melancholy poem In the bleak midwinter. I thought I'd love to share it with everyone, since Christmas is next week...

In the Bleak Midwinter
, Christina Georgina Rossetti

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.

1 comment:

Keira Soleore said...

I adore Loreena McKennitt's music. I have all her albums. I look forward to Poetry Fridays.