In the Bleak Midwinter – A Christmas Carol by Christina Rossetti

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Christina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional and children’s poems – best known for her works Goblin Market, Remember, and the Christmas carol, In the Bleak Midwinter. In honour of her birthday, we’d love to share her Christmas carol, In the Bleak Midwinter with you. It was first published under the title A Christmas Carol, in the January 1872 issue of Scribner’s Monthly. It was adapted and set to music by Gustav Holst in 1906, and has since gone on to become one of the classic Christmas hymns. 

In the Bleak Midwinter

– By Christina Rossetti – 


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.


– Christina Rossetti

“Art thou warm, maiden? Art thou warm, pretty one? Art thou warm, my darling?” From the story Frost, from the Allies Fairy Book – illustrated by Arthur Rackham. 

This poem was taken from the book: 

Rainbow Gold – Poems Old and New Selected for Boys and Girls – Illustrated by Dugald Stewart Walker


Rainbow Gold – Poems Old and New Selected for Boys and Girls – Illustrated by Dugald Stewart Walker

Sara Teasdale’s wonderful collection of children’s poetry, Rainbow Gold – Poems Old and New, was originally published in 1922. Exquisitely illustrated by the accomplished children’s illustrator Dugald Stewart Walker, this charming volume is ideal for introducing children to poetry and is not to be missed by collectors.