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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Winter Woods

By George Cooper (1840–1927)

[Born in New York, N. Y., 1840. Died, 1927.]

ZIGZAG branches darkly traced

On a chilly and ashen sky;

Puffs of powdery snow displaced

When the winds go by.

Sudden voices in the air,—

They are crooning a tale of woe,

And my heart is wooed to share

The sadness of the snow.

Stillness in the naked woods,

Save the click of a twig that breaks;

In these dim white solitudes,

Nothing living wakes;—

Nothing, but a wandering bird,

Which has never a song to sing,—

To my heart a whispered word

And a dream of spring!

The Atlantic Monthly. 1870.