Frost-Flowers by Mrs J C Yule

Over my window in pencillings white,
Stealthily traced in the silence of night–
Traced with a pencil as viewless as air,
By an artist unseen, when the star-beams were fair,
Came wonderful pictures, so life-like and true
That I’m filled with amaze as the marvel I view.

Like, and yet unlike the things I have seen,–
Feathery ferns in the forest-depths green,
Delicate mosses that hide from the light,
Snow-drops, and lilies, and hyacinths white,
Fringes, and feathers, and half-opened flowers,
Closely-twined branches of dim, cedar bowers–
Strange, that one hand should so deftly combine
Such numberless charms in so quaint a design!

O wondrous creations of silence and night!
I watch as ye fade in the clear morning light,–
As ye melt into tear-drops and trickle away
From the keen, searching eyes of inquisitive Day.
While I gaze ye are gone, and I see you depart
With a wistful regret lying deep in my heart,–
A longing for something that will not decay,
Or melt like these frost-flowers in tear-drops away,–
A passionate yearning of heart for that shore
Where beauty unfading shall last evermore;
Nor, e’en as we gaze, from our vision be lost
Like the beautiful things that are pencilled in frost!

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