Wednesday, December 11, 2013



Out of the bosom of the Air,
      Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
      Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
            Silent, and soft, and slow
            Descends the snow.

Even as our cloudy fancies take
      Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
      In the white countenance confession,
            The troubled sky reveals
            The grief it feels.

This is the poem of the air,
      Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
      Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
            Now whispered and revealed
            To wood and field.

illustration by Fiep Westendorp of a girl and her cat on a sleigh in the snowillustration by dutch artist Robert Wagt of two boys in the snow in the winter

          winter book cover by russian illustrator Yuri Vasnetsov illustration by David Dean of a man in the snow

        rabbit  in a snowy landscape illustration by Richard Scarryillustration by Yusuke Yonezu of a pig building a snowman

             snowman illustration from a vintage german wool addeer in the snow illustration  by Ralph Hulett

Walking in a winter wonderland, with from top left, clockwise; famous dutch children's illustrator Fiep Westendorp , Robert Wagt's boys in a winter landscape, an illustration by David Dean, japanese illustraor Yusuke Yonezu , a vintage illustration by Ralph Hulett, a beautiful snowman illustration from a vintage german wool ad, who else then children's author Richard Scarry and a book cover by Yuri Vasnetsov.

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