December 17, 2009

In The Bleak MidWinter

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--Description: 19th C, Rossetti C., Christianity, Christmas, Holidays, Seasons--



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 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.


Christina Rossetti


--Did You Know: (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) Christina was the sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and like him she showed promise as a poet while still very young. She was educated at home and encouraged to write by her family; her teenage poems were printed by her grandfather on his own press. She was a devout Anglican, and refused two suitors on religious grounds: the painter James Collinson because he became a Roman Catholic; and Charles Bagot Cayley, because he was an atheist. Perhaps as a result of this self-denial, a recurrent theme in her poetry is the rejection of earthly passion in favour of spiritual devotion. Even those poems with a strong element of fantasy in them, such as 'Goblin Market' or 'The Prince's Progress' are often written with a clear moral purpose in mind. Rossetti's health was always poor, and illness had rendered her an invalid by the time she was fifty. She continued to write however, producing Time Flies: A Reading Diary (1885), which contained poems and thoughts for each day, and The Face of the Deep: A Devotional Commentary on the Apocalypse (1892). After her death her brother W.M. Rossetti brought out an edition of her later poetry, New Poems, in 1896, and edited her Collected Poems (1904). Read more at:

--Word of the Day: predilection \preh-d'l-EK-shun; pree-\, noun:
A predisposition to choose or like; an established preference.
Example:
Wilson doesn't see any inconsistency between his socialism and his predilection for the high life.
-Marina Cantacuzino, "On deadly ground", The Guardian, March 13, 2001

--Quote of the Day: Christianity does not remove you from the world and its problems; it makes you fit to live in it, triumphantly and usefully.
-Charles Templeton

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--TRIVIA FUN: What European country delights the Pope with the lowest divorce rate in the western world?

ANSWER TO YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA:
What country has bee the planet's largest aid donor since 1991?
Answer: Japan
...SEE TOMORROW'S POST for today's Answer...
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