Winter's Tale

Sep 25, 2014, 17:45 PM IST
No cloud above, no earth below – A universe of sky and snow
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No cloud above, no earth below – A universe of sky and snow

Tracks wait for locomotives to chug through a fairyland
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Tracks wait for locomotives to chug through a fairyland

Fill soft and deep, O winter snow! Hide the banks where roses grew
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Fill soft and deep, O winter snow! Hide the banks where roses grew

Still flutters there upon a lake, the sole unquiet thing
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Still flutters there upon a lake, the sole unquiet thing

Blue and white chastely play and gladden these deep solitudes
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Blue and white chastely play and gladden these deep solitudes

Black are my steps on silver sod; thick flows the frosty breath abroad
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Black are my steps on silver sod; thick flows the frosty breath abroad

A clinquant glow gently sits on snow covered hilltops
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A clinquant glow gently sits on snow covered hilltops

Unwarmed by any sunset light, the gray day darkened into night
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Unwarmed by any sunset light, the gray day darkened into night

Nature asks no questions but revels in itself
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Nature asks no questions but revels in itself

Frozen buds and fruits appear like glistening jewels
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Frozen buds and fruits appear like glistening jewels

A leaf appears auburn in feeble sunshine
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A leaf appears auburn in feeble sunshine

Icicles drip softly from leaves and fruits
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Icicles drip softly from leaves and fruits

Ducks make timid attempts to scurry for food at noon
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Ducks make timid attempts to scurry for food at noon

A solitary bird sits in quietude
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A solitary bird sits in quietude

The frost performs its secret ministry
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The frost performs its secret ministry

Deep the winter snow is lying and wearily the winds are sighing
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Deep the winter snow is lying and wearily the winds are sighing

Everything mortal has moments immortal; clear and God-gifted, immeasurably bright
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Everything mortal has moments immortal; clear and God-gifted, immeasurably bright

‘Tis calm indeed! So calm that it disturbs and vexes meditation with its strange and extreme stillness
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‘Tis calm indeed! So calm that it disturbs and vexes meditation with its strange and extreme stillness

Happy chimney-corner days; Sitting safe in nursery nooks, Reading Picture story books
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Happy chimney-corner days; Sitting safe in nursery nooks, Reading Picture story books

Christmas hath a beauty…lovelier than the world can show
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Christmas hath a beauty…lovelier than the world can show

Stretch the hands of memory forth, to warm them at the wood-fire’s blaze
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Stretch the hands of memory forth, to warm them at the wood-fire’s blaze