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Choral ~ Holiday ~ with Keyboard

“In the Bleak Midwinter”

(An arrangement of the Holst melody)


SCORING:  SATB (minimal divisi), acc. by piano

DURATION:  ca. 6:20   —   DIFFICULTY:  2/5   —   PAGES IN PDF SCORE:  10

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NOTE: This arrangement is also available in a chamber-orchestra version.

This is a peaceful and introspective setting, inspired by the serenity of the beautiful poem by Christina Rossetti.

In the Bleak Midwinter

Words by Christina Rossetti, 1872

Complete text:

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, Heav'n cannot hold Him,
Nor earth sustain.
Heav'n 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:
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 dear 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.

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