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“Sonnet to Winter” was published in Judson’s book Alderbrook (W. D. Ticknor and company, 1847).

Sonnet to Winter

Thy brow is girt, thy robe with gems inwove;
    And palaces of frost-work, on the eye,
    Flash out, and gleam in every gorgeous dye,
The pencil, dipped in glorious things above,
    Can bring to earth. Oh, thou art passing fair!
But cold and cheerless as the heart of death,
Without one warm, free pulse, one softening breath,
    One soothing whisper for the ear of Care.
Fortune too has her Winter. In the Spring,
    We watch the bud of promise; and the flower
    Looks out upon us at the Summer hour;
And Autumn days the blessed harvest bring;
    Then comes the reign of jewels rare, and gold,
    When brows flash light, but hearts grow strangely cold.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

Emily Chubbuck Judson

Emily Chubbuck Judson was born in Eaton, New York, in 1817. She published much of her work under the pseudonym Fanny Forester. Some of Judson’s books include An Olio of Domestic Verses (1852) and Charles Linn, or, How to Observe the Golden Rule: with Other Stories (1841). Judson died in 1854.