In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

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Editor: Stuart McIntosh (added 2006-07-26).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 69 kbytes   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright (c) 2006 by Stuart McIntosh, only for distribution in the USA.
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Editor: Kelvin Smith (added 2003-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, kbytes   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: choral parts only. only for distribution in the USA.

General Information

Title: In the Bleak Midwinter
Composer: Harold Darke

Number of voices: 4vv  Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Carol
Language: English
Instruments: piano


External websites: Listen to a free recording of this piece from Coro Nostro, a mixed chamber choir based in Leicester, UK.

Original text and translations

English text

In the bleak midwinter frosty winds 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, Heav'n cannot hold him nor earth sustain;
Heav'n and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign:
In the bleak midwinter astable 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.