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:
- 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.
- 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.
5 thoughts on “As we approach Christmas”
Is that a variation on one of the melodies in Schubert’s Winterreise? It is very similar.
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.
Wow. Thank you!
I’ll share one of my favourites: Pentatonix’ version of Mary, Did You Know https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE
Merry Christmas all!
Thanks for the link, Irina!