In The Bleak Midwinter

Written by: Christina Georgina Rossetti, Gustav Theodore Holst

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Original Key: D


Verse 1:
D                  Bm
In the bleak mid – win - ter
Em/G             Bm7/F♯   Em    A
Frost  - y wind   made   moan;
D                   Bm
Earth stood hard as iron,
Em/G    A      D
Water   like a stone,
G/B            D7/A    G      Bm
Snow had fal – len,   snow on snow,
D/F♯   G   A
snow   on snow,
D                  Bm
In the bleak mid – winter,
Em/G     A7   D
Lo    –  ng   a - go
Verse 2:
D                     Bm
Our God heaven cannot hold Him,
Em/G         Bm7/F♯     Em     A
Nor   earth   sus   -   tain,
D                      Bm
Heaven and earth shall flee away
Em/G    A          D
When He comes  to reign.
G/B           D7/A    G     Bm
In  the bleak mid –   win - ter
  D/F♯         G           A
A sta  -  ble-place suff - iced
D                  Bm
The Lord God Al - mighty,
Em/G    A7   D
Je -    sus Christ.
Verse 3:
D                 Bm
Angels and arch - angels
Em/G              Bm7/F♯   Em    A
May   have gath - ered     there,
D            Bm
Cherubim and seraphim
Em/G     A    D
Thron -  ged the air.
G/B              D7/A    G    Bm
But  His mot  -  her     on - ly,
D/F♯     G          A
In   her mai - den bliss,
D                   Bm
Worshipped the Be - loved
Em/G      A7   D
Wi   -    th   a  kiss.
Verse 4:
D          Bm
What can I give Him,
Em/G     Bm7/F♯    Em    A
Poor  as   I       am?
D           Bm
If I were a shepherd,
Em/G       A     D
I    would bring a lamb.
G/B         D7/A    G    Bm
If  I were   a     wise  man,
D/F♯       G     A
I    would do my part;
    D            Bm
Yet what I can I give Him -
Em/G     A7      D
Gi   -   ve   my heart. 

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, 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 Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air.
But His mother only,
In her maiden bliss,
Worshipedthe Belovèd
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.

Words: Christina G. Rossetti (1830 - 94)
Music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)


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