In the Bleak Midwinter Lyrics - Gustav Holst

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Release information
Release Date: 1996
length: 3:28
conductor: Ross Pople
orchestra: London Festival Orchestra
composer: Gustav Holst
lyricist: Christina Rossetti
In the bleak midwinter, frost 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.

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CD 1
  • 1 St. Paul's Suite, op. 29/2: I. Jig - Vivace
  • 2 St. Paul's Suite, op. 29/2: II. Ostinato - Presto
  • 3 St. Paul's Suite, op. 29/2: III. Intermezzo - Andante con moto - Vivace
  • 4 St. Paul's Suite, op. 29/2: IV. Finale (The Dargason) - Allegro
  • 5 Lyric Movement for Viola and Small Orchestra
  • 6 Brook Green Suite: I. Prelude: Allegretto
  • 7 Brook Green Suite: II. Air - Andante
  • 8 Brook Green Suite: III. Dance - Allegro
  • 9 A Fugal Concerto for Flute and Oboe, op. 40/2: I. Moderato
  • 10 A Fugal Concerto for Flute and Oboe, op. 40/2: II. Adagio
  • 11 A Fugal Concerto for Flute and Oboe, op. 40/2: III. Allegro
  • 12 Seven Scottish Airs for Piano and Orchestra
  • 13 Six Morris Dance Tunes: I. Country Gardens
  • 14 Six Morris Dance Tunes: II. Constant Billy
  • 15 Six Morris Dance Tunes: III. Laudnum Bunches
  • 16 Six Morris Dance Tunes: IV. Rigs O'Marlow
  • 17 Six Morris Dance Tunes: V. Trunkles
  • 18 Six Morris Dance Tunes: VI. Shepherds Hey
  • 19 In the Bleak Midwinter