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Winter
Steeleye Span

The Drove Inn, Roweltown, Cumbria

Maddy Prior, vocals;
Peter Knight, violin, “Octave” violin, viola, electric piano, mandolin, backing vocals, string arrangements;
Ken Nicol, vocals, acoustic and electric guitars;
Rick Kemp, bass, vocals;
Liam Genockey, drums and percussion

All tracks arr. Steeleye Span except
Tracks 3, 8 Steeleye Span / Ken Nicol
Track 6 Steeleye Span / Peter Knight

Recorded at Warehouse Studios Oxford
Engineered and mixed by Steve Watkins
Produced by Steeleye Span
Mastered by Tony Poole
Album co-ordination John Dagnell at Park Records

In The Bleak Midwinter

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.

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.

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 / Gustav Holst (1872), arr. Steeleye Span

Christina Rossetti wrote the poignant words for this well known song in response to a request from the magazine
Scribner's Monthly for a Christmas poem. The tune is by Gustav Holst. Maddy Prior sings this on the album but leaves out the third verse like many hymn books who censor the
 “breastful of milk”.

compare with the Albion Band version, here

Winter 2004 [click for larger image]
PRK CD74 (CD, UK, November 2004)

related internet links

1814-1878
composer of
See Amid the Winter's Snows
and other hymns

1874-1934
this website introduces you
to the life and work of this
emminent composer

1830-1894
an overview of her life and writings.
from the Victorian Web

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