The First Snow
Fairy-like on earth advancing,
All transforming, all entrancing,
Playing on their way and dancing,
Silver stars from sky are dropping,
Little fairies skipping, hopping,
On the roofs and turrets popping,
Crowns with diamonds set.
Greeting nature’s silver wedding,
Argent splendor they are shedding,
And a bridal veil outspreading,
Like a silver net;
Till town-alleys, foul and tainted,
Turn cathedral-aisles ensainted,
Carved with gorgeous, ermine-painted,
How all changed by elfin power!
Every house a magic tower,
Every tree with lilac-flower
Lures like a coquette.
Following in their magic traces,
Hidden joy each heart embraces,
Sparkling eyes and brightened faces
Everywhere are met.
How I love you, white-robed city,
Maiden-pure, and maiden-pretty!
But my love is—what a pity!—
Tempered with regret.
Truer lover you would find me,
If you were not to remind me
Of a cold land left behind me
That I’d fain forget.
This poem is in the public domain.