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The heART of Ritual


Seasonal Poetry & Prose: 'December' by Christopher Pearse Cranch

No more the scarlet maples flash and burn Their beacon-fires from hilltop and from plain; The meadow-grasses and the woodland fern In the bleak woods lie withered once again. The trees stand bare, and bare each stony scar Upon the cliffs; half frozen glide the rills; The steel-blue river like a scimitar Lies cold and curved between the dusky hills. Over the upland farm I take my walk, And miss the flaunting flocks of golden-rod; Each autumn flower a dry and leafless stalk, Each Mossy field a track of frozen sod. I hear no more the bobin's summer song Through the gray network of the wintry woods; Only the cawing crows that all day long Clamor about the windy solitudes. Like agate stones upon earth's frozen breast, The little pools of ice lie round and still; While sullen clouds shut downward east and west In marble ridges stretched from hill to hill. Come once again, O southern wind,--once more Come with they wet wings flapping at my pane; Ere snow-drifts pile their mounds about my door, One parting dream of summer bring again. Ah, no! I hear the windows rattle fast; I see the first flakes of the gathering snow, That dance and whirl before the northern blast. No countermand the march of days can know. December drops no weak, relenting tear, By our fond summer sympathies ensnared; Nor from the perfect circle of the year Can even winter's crystal gems be spared. 'December', by Christopher Pearse Cranch Artist Alan Parry


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