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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IV. The First Snow
By Mrs. Mary Noel McDonald
THY MANTLE white is on the senseless earth,
  Spirit of Winter; old Æolus rude
  Pipes from his northern home in fiercest mood;
And o’er the crispéd wreaths with shouts of mirth,
And chiming bells, and laughter ringing free,        5
  Glides the swift sleigh; while merry urchins play,
Tossing the frozen balls in heart-felt glee,
  Or forming uncouth shapes of monsters grim,
To melt like youthful hopes, when next the ray
  Of noontide streams on each misshapen limb.        10
The naked branches wear a spotless vest;
  While through the window infant faces peep,
  Lured from their downy beds and early sleep,
Wondering to mark the earth in wintry garments drest.

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