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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
A Christmas Carol
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
IN the bleak mid-winter
  Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
  Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,        5
  Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
  Long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
  Nor earth sustain;        10
Heaven and earth shall flee away
  When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
  A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty        15
  Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim
  Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
  And a mangerful of hay;        20
Enough for Him, whom angels
  Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
  Which adore.
Angels and archangels        25
  May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
  Thronged the air;
But only His mother
  In her maiden bliss        30
Worshipped the Beloved
  With a kiss.
What can I give Him,
  Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd        35
  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.        40

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