Rachel Neumeier

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As we approach Christmas

You, like me, may be tired to death of some of the more commonly played Christmas carols.

I recommend you take a break from all those carols and listen to Annie Lennox sing In The Bleak Midwinter:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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5 Comments As we approach Christmas

  1. Elaine T

    I actually haven’t been hearing a lot of the usual carols when I’m out. I do hear Christmas music, but there’s more variation than in other years.
    And I joined a local chorus and we sang a bunch of gorgeous Christmas music I’d never have heard at all otherwise.
    I’m quite fond of the medieval Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day with music by Gardener – it dances. (various performances on youtube.) And for all the title doesn’t sound it, it’s appropriate for the season – first four verses anyway. Then it looks forward to the rest of His life for the other nine. We only sang four.

    This Annie Lennox performance is lovely. Thank you.

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