See Amid the Winter’s Snow
A Hymn

Carols have been around for centuries and originally the word "carol" applied to a song with any seasonal connection and into the early part of the last century could be applied to Eastertime as well. Many of the older carols began to be compiled in Victorian times. However this traditional carol was written by Edward Caswell in Hampshire in 1858 a county in Britain where winter often means snow and hence the first line unlike Israel where the climate is always warmer and merely wet in winter. This was the season when Mary’s pregnancy started.

See, amid the winter’s snow,
Born for us on earth below,
See, the Lamb of God appears,
Promised from eternal years.

Hail, thou ever‑blessed morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ, is born in Bethlehem!

Lo, within a manger lies
He who built the starry skies,
He who, throned in height sublime,
Sits, amid the cherubim.

Say, ye holy shepherds, say,
What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountain steep?

As we watched at dead of night,
Lo, we saw a wondrous light:
Angels singing, ‘Peace on earth!’
Told us of the Saviour’s birth.

Teach, O teach us, holy child,
By Thy face so meek and mild,
Teach us to resemble Thee
In Thy sweet humility.

Edward Caswall (1814‑78)


Jesus Crib

An Angel

Here are some verses which may have inspired the writer:

1 Timothy 1:15 (Diaglott) True is the word, and worthy of All Reception, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save Sinners.

John 1:36 Looking upon Jesus...he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

Acts 13:32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers.

Psalm 30:5 (NKJV) But joy comes in the morning.

Luke 2:36‑38 (RSV) There was a prophetess, Anna...of the tribe of Asher… She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Micah 5:2 Bethlehem Ephratah…out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

John 1:1‑3 (Diaglott Interlinear) In a beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and a god was the Word.This was in a beginning with the God. All through it was done; and without it was done not even one, that has been done.

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him.

Isa 6:1‑3 I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Luke 2:9‑14 Lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them...I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord...Ye shall find the babe...lying in a manger. And…heavenly host praising God...saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For our Lord Jesus Christ...though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Phil.2:3‑8 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who...took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself.