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Friday Flowers: Flowers in Winter

Posted Oct 22 2008 6:13pm

Flowers in Winter
(excerpt)

How strange to greet, this frosty morn,
In graceful counterfeit of flower,
These children of the meadows, born

Of sunshine and of showers!


How well the conscious wood retains
The pictures of its flower-sown home,
The lights and shades, the purple stains,
And golden hues of bloom!


It was a happy thought to bring
To the dark season's frost and rime
This painted memory of spring,
This dream of summertime.


And she, when spring comes round again,
By greening slope and singing flood
Shall wander, seeking, not in vain
Her darlings of the wood.


John Greenleaf Whittier1807-1892


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