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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
Snow Born
By Henry Raymond Howland (1844–1930)
WITH Autumn’s latest breath there came a chill
  Of brooding sadness, as o’er pleasures dead;
  And through the sunless day, with silent tread,
There seemed to pass, o’er vale and wooded hill,
The footsteps of some messenger of ill.        5
  Through forest ways with rustling leaves o’erspread,
  The pine boughs whispered low of bodings dread,
And all the air a mystery seemed to fill.
But in the shadows of enfolding night,
From out the bosom of the frosty air,        10
Fell a baptismal robe of beauty rare;
  And when, at kiss of dawn, awoke the earth,
Each leaf and pine bough, clad in vesture white,
  Told of the peaceful hour of Winter’s birth.

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