Tuesday, February 05, 2013

...snow on snow...

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.

...a little history of the hymn...

"In the Bleak Midwinter" is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti written before 1872 in response to a request from the magazine Scribner's Monthly for a Christmas poem. It was published posthumously in Rossetti's Poetic Works in 1904.

The poem became a Christmas carol after it appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by Gustav Holst.

...we've been having 'snow on snow' quite literally...with storms just a few days apart and temps in the low teens...seems sorta like North Dakota weather...only sorta...
...the snow is not keeping the little birds from singing though...

...and this last bit of snow was really sticky...so it coated everything with white that didn't blow away...

~Stay warm and have a lovely day...


  1. Your snow is lovely. We have not had any this year and may not if early spring comes. MOM

  2. Your snow is lovely. We have not had any this year and may not if early spring comes. MOM

  3. Looks like I posted comment twice. Don't know how that happened.

  4. I really would like a little of that here please!

  5. yeah, we're actually having a little "mini-spring" event in central NC...highs in the 60's and likely to stay in the 50's and 60's for the next 10 days....before long, the real spring will be here!! bradford pear trees are already looking like they're ready to burst open...enjoy the snow! love, k

  6. So this is what I'm coming back to, huh? Sigh.

  7. I love that hymn. Have you heard the James Taylor version? It's my favorite.

  8. What a lovely poem/hymn and photos to go with it. Perfect combination!