Monday, December 21, 2009

In the bleak midwinter


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.


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.

Christina Rossetti (1830-93)

8 comments:

Dave Perry said...

Great series of images which suit the words perfectly. Thank you for this soul food Dan.

Daniel Owen said...

Thank you Dave.

Joc Sanders said...

Beautiful, Daniel.
May you and yours have a very happy and blessed Christmas!

Daniel Owen said...

Thank you Joc. I wish you and yours a very happy Christmas too.

Gary said...

That first one is fantastic Daniel. Great photos! Happy Christmas.

Grannymar said...

Daniel I love the rosebud, I see it as almost dipped in egg white and then in sugar!

I wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas, The first in your new home and parish. May 2010 be healthy and rewarding.

Daniel Owen said...

Thank you Gary and thank you Grannymar for your kind words. I wish you both and your families every blessing this Christmastime.

Lou said...

Very very beautiful Daniel. It has been wonderful to be in touch again through our blogs. Yours is one of the ones that I regularly come to. Big hugggggs and good wishes to all the family for a happy, fulfilled and inspired 2010.