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Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti


A Christmas Carol


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 Georgina Rossetti


Christina Georgina Rossetti's other poems:
  1. A Testimony
  2. A Sailor, Come Ashore
  3. A Better Ressurection
  4. Lady Maggie
  5. When Fishes Set Umbrellas up


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge A Christmas Carol ("The shepherds went their hasty way")
  • Gilbert Chesterton A Christmas Carol ("The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap")
  • Alfred Austin A Christmas Carol ("Hark! In the air, around, above")
  • Algernon Swinburne A Christmas Carol ("THREE DAMSELS in the queens chamber")
  • William McGonagall A Christmas Carol ("Welcome, sweet Christmas, blest be the morn")
  • George Wither A Christmas Carol ("So now is come our joyful'st feast")
  • Josiah Holland A Christmas Carol ("Theres a song in the air!")

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