In the Bleak Midwinter is a hauntingly beautiful Christmas carol with lyrics by Christina Rossetti and music by Gustav Holst. Rossetti wrote the poem for an American magazine called Scribner’s Monthly, which was published in 1872. The poem has been set to music by several composers, but the standard version that is performed today was written by Holst in 1906. It is a hymn-like melody which Holst gave the name “Cranham.”
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of In the Bleak Midwinter. The site will soon have versions of the carol in several other keys. You can also view and print the lyrics to In the Bleak Midwinter.