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January

O Winter! frozen pulse and heart of fire, 
What loss is theirs who from thy kingdom turn 
Dismayed, and think thy snow a sculptured urn 
Of death! Far sooner in midsummer tire 
The streams than under ice. June could not hire 
Her roses to forego the strength they learn 
In sleeping on thy breast. No fires can burn 
The bridges thou dost lay where men desire 
In vain to build. 
                                O Heart, when Love’s sun goes 
To northward, and the sounds of singing cease, 
Keep warm by inner fires, and rest in peace. 
Sleep on content, as sleeps the patient rose. 
Walk boldly on the white untrodden snows, 
The winter is the winter’s own release.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on January 5, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“January” was published in Poems (Little, Brown, 1893).

Author


Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Hunt Jackson was born in Amherst, Massachussetts, in 1830.

Date Published: 1893-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/january-4