"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.
"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.
From "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Christina Rosetti
"Winter" (with detail) by Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898)
Painted in 1890, 124 x 204cm, State Russian Museum (more Shishkin images)
Thanks, Tim Adkins for the photos