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
“In the Bleak Midwinter” was originally a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, but became a Christmas carol in 1906. It’s one of my favourite carols, but the first verse is also a wonderful piece of winter poetry. And very apt for today’s view – bleak and snowy!