Former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox's recording of In the Bleak Mid-winter is quite magnificent. It was therefore disappointing to find this version of Christina Rossetti's masterpiece sung by Miss Lennox on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show in December last year.
The censored verse? Yes, you've guessed it: -
Our God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth
sustain, heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign; in the
bleak mid-winter a stable-place sufficed the Lord God Almighty, Jesus
Shorn of that declaration of the wonder of the Incarnation, the poem is reduced to little more than a romantic love song.
Was that Boris Johnson sitting on the couch enjoying
Miss Lennox's Incarnation-less version of this beautiful Christmas
carol? One wonder whether the London Mayor's intellectual curiosity
moved him to ask Mr Marr about the reason for the missing verse on the
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