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Harold Darke In The Bleak Mid-Winter

Categories
Anthems
Instrument(s)
Keyboard [organ/piano]
Voicing
SATB
Original Publication
Sewanee Composer's Project - Vol. 14
Difficulty
Moderate
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

This sublime setting was voted by organists and choirmasters as the "greatest Christmas carol of all time" (2008). Different from the Holst tune Cranham but equally beautiful. SATB, soloists, and organ.

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.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

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.

Contact

Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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