For me, “In the bleak midwinter” is one of the most hauntingly sweet, humble and hopeful Christmas songs. Gustav Holst’s melody can’t but stir the soul. However, after years of listening to the Madrigal singers at the University of Central Arkansas perform the piece, I was finally inspired to seek out the words. Adapted from a poem by Christina Rossetti, these lyrics are as moving as their musical setting.
The beautiful YouTube’d version by the Gloucester Cathedral Choir includes lyrics. It’s worth a look and listen.
The photo above was originally posted in 2010, and has become one of the most-visited posts on this blog.