Gateway to the Classics: The Pearl Story Book by Ada M. Skinner and Eleanor L. Skinner
 
The Pearl Story Book by  Ada M. Skinner and Eleanor L. Skinner

Winter

Down swept the chill wind from the mountain peak,

From the snow five thousand summers old;

On open wold and hill-top bleak

It had gathered all the cold,

And whirled it like sleet on the wanderer's cheek.

It carried a shiver everywhere

From the unleafed boughs and pastures bare;

The little brook heard it and built a roof

'Neath which he could house him winter-proof;

All night by the white stars' frosty gleams

He groined his arches and matched his beams;

Slender and clear were his crystal spars

As the lashes of light that trim the stars:

He sculptured every summer delight

In his halls and chambers out of sight.

— James Russell Lowell


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