In the Bleak Midwinter

This Friday’s song is “In the Bleak Midwinter” performed by the Tenebrae Choir. I am sure I had heard this hymn before, but my first real memory of it was the scene from the first season of The Crown where a group of local carolers who stopped by Sandringham House to sing a Christmas carol for the royal family. The king, who just learned he was dying, joined the carolers in singing the song.

“In the Bleak Midwinter” is a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti. It was published under the title “A Christmas Carol” in 1872. Gustav Holst composed the widely sung hymn based on the poem. This version was released in December 2022 and is conducted Nigel Short.

This has become one of my favorite Christmas hymns. The last verse really speaks to me.

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.

Songwriters: Gustav Holst, Christina Georgina Rossetti

From our family to yours, we wish you a blessed and happy Christmas.

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