Christmas Poems by Christina Rossetti

Detail from A Christmas Carol, Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
Detail from A Christmas Carol, Dante Gabriel Rossetti,. Fine Art Images / Heritage Images / Getty Images
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Christmas Eve

Detail from A Christmas Carol, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Detail from A Christmas Carol, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Fine Art Images / Heritage Images / Getty Images

Christmas hath a darkness
Brighter than the blazing noon,
Christmas hath a chillness
Warmer than the heat of June,
Christmas hath a beauty
Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

Earth, strike up your music,
Birds that sing and bells that ring;
Heaven hath answring music
For all Angels soon to sing:
Earth, put on your whitest
Bridal robe of spotless snow:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

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In the Bleak Mid-Winter

'The Adoration of the Magi', c1567. Artist: Pieter Bruegel the Elder
'The Adoration of the Magi', c1567. Artist: Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images

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, heav'n cannot hold him
Nor earth sustain;
Heav'n 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.

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Love Came Down at Christmas

Nativity figures
JillKyle/Getty Images

Love came down at Christmas, 
Love all lovely, Love Divine; 
Love was born at Christmas; 
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine;
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign? 

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

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Rossetti, Christina. "Christmas Poems by Christina Rossetti." ThoughtCo, Apr. 13, 2017, thoughtco.com/christmas-poems-by-christina-rossetti-3530770. Rossetti, Christina. (2017, April 13). Christmas Poems by Christina Rossetti. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/christmas-poems-by-christina-rossetti-3530770 Rossetti, Christina. "Christmas Poems by Christina Rossetti." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/christmas-poems-by-christina-rossetti-3530770 (accessed November 18, 2017).