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Saturday, November 13, 2010

The First Snowfall

Though we've had snow three times already this year, in honor of my home state's first snow of the season ...

The First Snowfall
by James Russell Lowell


The snow had begun in the gloaming,
And busily all the night

Had been heaping field and highway

With a silence deep and white.


Every pine and fir and hemlock

Wore ermine too dear for an earl,
And the poorest twig on the elm-tree
Was ridged inch deep with pearl.



From sheds new-roofed with Carrara
Came Chanticleer's muffled crow,
The stiff rails were softened to swan's-down,

And still fluttered down the snow.

I stood and watched by the window
The noiseless work of the sky,

And the sudden flurries of snow-birds,
Like brown leaves whirling by.


I thought of a mound in sweet Auburn
Where a little headstone stood;
How the flakes were folding it gently,
As did robins the babes in the wood.

Up spoke our own little Mabel,
Saying, 'Father, who makes it snow?'
And I told of the good All-father
Who cares for us here below.



Again I looked at the snowfall,
And thought of the leaden sky

That arched o'er our first great sorrow,

When that mound was heaped so high.


I remembered the gradual patience
That fell from that cloud like snow,

Flake by flake, healing and hiding

The scar of our deep-plunged woe.


And again to the child I whispered,
'The snow that husheth all,

Darling, the merciful Father

Alone can make it fall! '


Then, with eyes that saw not, I kissed her;
And she, kissing back, could not know
That my kiss was given to her sister,
Folded close under deepening snow.


4 comments:

  1. Beautiful. It really was a perfect "first of the season" snow today. We were out most of the day romping and sledding. Love the change!

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  2. These are lovely photos, Michelle, and this is a lovely post.

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  3. It was a nice snow. Almost all gone where I am.

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