And the robin flew
Into the air, the air,
The white mist through;
And small and rare
The night-frost fell
Into the calm and misty dell.

And the dusk gathered low,
And the silver moon and stars
On the frozen snow
Drew taper bars,
Kindled winking fires
In the hooded briers.

And the sprawling Bear
Growled deep in the sky;
And Orion’s hair
Streamed sparkling by:
But the North sighed low,
“Snow, snow, more snow!”


by Walter de la Mare


Walter de la Mare, born 1873 in London, is the author of numerous books including The Listeners (Constable & Company, 1912) and The Veil and Other Poems (Constable & Company, 1921). He died on June 22, 1956.