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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
III. To Winter
By Edmund Peel
THOU of the snowy vest and frosted hair,
  With icicles down-hanging, Winter, hail!
  Never be mine against a power to rail
  Ancient as Night! to deem thee void and bare,
Cousin of Death, twin-brother of Despair!        5
  Rather shall praises in my song prevail,
  Praises of Him who gives us to inhale
  The freshness of the uninfected air.
So long as I behold the clear blue sky,
  The carol of the robin-redbreast hear,        10
  And o’er the frozen waters seem to fly;
Or, softly cushioned, while the fire burns clear,
  Bask in the light of a beloved eye,
  So long, O Winter! to my soul be dear.

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