Monday, December 22nd, 2008...8:52 am

In the Bleak Midwinter

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With the arrival of the solstice, winter is here.

Some pics I took at my home this weekend, reminded my friend and fellow vocalist Bill Hunter (of Schola Cantorum) of Christina Rossetti’s poem, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which begins:

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.

A┬ávideo follows with Gloucester Cathedral Choir singing Gustav Holst’s musical setting.



  • Looks like you’re in the midst of a winter wonderland up there! Stay warm!

  • The wonder, Kathy, happened while I was inside on Friday watching it fall all day. Shoveling on Saturday, however, diminished some of the wonder!

  • Indeed…and this is why I’d much prefer an ice cold margarita on a beach somewhere with a tropical landscape for a view! Nevertheless, it looks like you’ve got a nice spread surrounding your new digs – apart from all that icy cold wetness that is. A hot toddy in hand, next to a warm fire is where I’d want to be in your shoes! I hope all is well!

  • Thank you so much for posting this wonderful rendition of Holst’s “Bleak Midwinter”. I was following a link from Google to “New England Triptych” and landed on your Blog. Could not resist moving on to your Bleak Midwinter post.
    As a fellow New Englander (and sufferer of the several ‘bleak’ snowstorms we have had, this season), I am wondering if the Gloucester refered to is in England or New England. If it is New England, I am most impressed! But, given the quality and enthusiasm of the Congregation’s contributions to this Video, I would have to wager that it is Gloucester, England. Either way, a fine performance of one of my favorite (and sadly underused) Seasonal Hymns.
    Thanks again….

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