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CCCXXXIX

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 gather'd there,

Cherubim and seraphim

Throng'd the air,--

But only His Mother

In her maiden bliss

Worshipp'd the Belovéd

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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