Friday, December 29, 2017

Picture Books in Winter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Gyo Fujikawa

                            Picture Books in Winter                

                Summer fading, winter comes--
                      Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
               Window robins, winter rooks,
              And the picture story-books.

               Water now is turned to stone
             Nurse and I can walk upon;
                     Still we find the flowing brooks
            In the picture story-books.

              All the pretty things put by,
                Wait upon the children's eye,
                                Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
             In the picture story-books.

                  We may see how all things are
                 Seas and cities, near and far,
                And the flying fairies' looks,
               In the picture story-books.

                     How am I to sing your praise,
                    Happy chimney-corner days,
                     Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
                    Reading picture story-books?

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