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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
39. Winter-time

FATE lies the wintry sun a-bed, 
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head; 
Blinks but an hour or two; and then, 
A blood-red orange, sets again. 
  
Before the stars have left the skies,         5
At morning in the dark I rise; 
And shivering in my nakedness, 
By the cold candle, bathe and dress. 
  
Close by the jolly fire I sit 
To warm my frozen bones a bit;  10
Or with a reindeer-sled, explore 
The colder countries round the door. 
  
When to go out, my nurse doth wrap 
Me in my comforter and cap; 
The cold wind burns my face, and blows  15
Its frosty pepper up my nose. 
  
Black are my steps on silver sod; 
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad; 
And tree and house, and hill and lake, 
Are frosted like a wedding-cake.  20

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