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Chambers, Robert, 1802-1871 / Chambers's book of days, a miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, including anecdote, biography & history, curiosities of literature and oddities of human life and character
Vol. I (1879)

January,   pp. 15-201 PDF (117.8 MB)

Page 15

came old January, wrapped well
In many weeds to keep the cold away;
Yet did he quake and quiver like to quell,
And blowe his nayles to warm them if he may;
For they were numbed with holding all the day
An hatchet keene, with which he felled wood,
And from the trees did lop the needlesse spray;
Upon an huge great Earth-pot Steane he stood,
From whose wide mouth there flowed forth the Romane flood.
is the open gate
of the year, shut
until the short-
est day passed,
but now open to let in the lengthen-
ing daylight, which will soon fall
upon dim patches of pale green, that
shew where spring is still sleeping.
Sometimes between the hoary pillars-when
the winter is mild-a few wan snowdrops
il peep out and catch the faint sunlight which
streams in coldly through the opening gateway,
like timid messengers sent to see if spring has
yet stirred from  her long sleep. But it is yet
too early for the hardy crocus to throw its
banded  gold along the pathway; and as for
the ' rathe  rimrose,' it sits huddled up in its
little cloak of green, or is seen peeping through its
half-closed yellow eye, as if watching the snow-
flakes as they fall. Only the red-breasted robin
-his heart filled with hope-sings his cheerful
song on the naked hawthorn spray, through which
the tiny buds are striving to break forth, like a

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