In the Bleak Midwinter

by Peddyr Cubberley

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Arranged by Peddyr & Mera for Christmas 2016, In the Bleak Midwinter is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti written before 1872 in response to a request from the magazine Scribner's Monthly for a Christmas poem. It was published posthumously in Rossetti's Poetic Works in 1904.

The poem became a Christmas carol after it appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by Gustav Holst. ~ Wikipedia

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1. 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.

2. Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

3. Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.

4. 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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released December 1, 2016
Peddyr Cubberley ~ Flute & Whistles

Mera Royle ~ Harp

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Peddyr Cubberley Isle of Man

Peddyr Cubberley, well known on the Manx traditional music scene, has been active since the Manx revival of the 1970s. He is a founding member of Mactullagh Vannin.

A prolific exponent of the wooden flute, low & tin whistles, Peddyr is also known for his
compositions of contemporary Manx music in a traditional style.
"Cubberley has emerged as one of the most important composers in the Manx idiom"
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