The sharp curve of the white new moon in the sky: she in white in true frost, and yellow a little if it is devising change. The shepherd is the symbolic man of the hardest winter time. His work is never more important than then…the lamb was born in the adversity of snow. Richard Jefferies The overnight temperatures for most of January hovered between two degrees and five or six degrees. Hard frosts with sub-zero temperatures dominated the middle of the month and with the daytime thermometer barely moving above freezing the bitter spell brought a dusting of snow on the 20th. When mild wet weather duly arrived from the south during the last week, torrential rain fell the night of the 26th. For the last three days, however, the temperature fell to minus two degrees on successive mornings.
Show me again the hour When by pinnacled tower We eyed each other and feared futurity Yea, to such bodings, broodings, beatings, blanchings, blessings, Love lures life on Show me again just this: The moment of that kiss Away from the prancing folk, by the strawberry tree Yea, to such rashness, ratheness, rareness, ripeness, richness, Love lures life on THOMAS HARDY 1898
Remaining betwixt dark and bright Lull’d echoes of laborious day Come to you, gleams of mellow light Float by you on the verge of night TENNYSON 1832
In the neighbouring moon as some have dreamed; Those argent fields more likely habitants, Translated Saints, or middle Spirits hold Betwixt the angelical and human kind MILTON 1667
With graceful chalices of curious wine, Wonders of art – and costly jars, And bossed salvers. Ere young night divine Crowned dying day with stars TENNYSON 1833
No hope in life No hope in death Grasses and mosses And the fallen leaf Make peaceful bed For an indefinite term CHRISTINA ROSSETTI 1876