You know how words and music of songs can go round and round inside your head - just appear out of nowhere and stay for a while and can be annoying, well sometimes for me there have been times when they arrive 'cose of something I've heard or read.
So many of the Northern Hemisphere blogs are making mention of the harsh cold winter being experienced up there and each time I read of that awful weather, I find these words and the music make an appearance inside my head. I've never heard it sung with the Christmas carols down here in Australia but it certainly was on the hymn board in England.
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,
worshiped 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.
Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894
This is a link to Wikipedia entry on the carol
They have a third verse which I don't ever remember hearing/singing but maybe the memory isn't that good and I've forgotten. I do remember the very mournful haunting tune we used to sing it too tho'
Do any of you know it?