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In The Bleak Midwinter

by David Clifton

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This new version of In The Bleak Midwinter has been created for the Radio WFIV i105.3 charity Christmas release, Homegrown For The Holidays. All funds raised from the album, including this special release, are given to the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries which works with the homeless community and hurting people who need assistance in the East Tennessee region. KARMS is based in Knoxville, TN USA.


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.

Angels and Archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and Seraphim
Thronged the air:
But His mother only,
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.

Words: Christina Rosetti (1830-1894)
Music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Arranged by David Clifton and Mark Russell © IQ Music 2013


released December 1, 2013
David Clifton: Vocals, classical guitar, ambient guitars and mandolin
Mark Russell: Keyboard and Glockenspiel
Dudley Philips: Double bass
Steve Creese: Drums and percussion

Produced by David Clifton and Mark Russell
Original mix by Jon Kelly
Re-recorded and re-mixed by David Clifton
Mastered by Eric Nowinski


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