C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • All the panes are hung with frost
  • Wild wizard-work of silver lace.
  • T. B. Aldrich.

  • What miracle of weird transforming
  • Is this wild work of frost and light,
  • This glimpse of glory infinite!
  • Whittier.

  • Come see the north-wind’s masonry.
  • Out of an unseen quarry evermore
  • Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer
  • Curves his white bastions with projected roof
  • Round every windward stake, or tree, or door.
  • Emerson.

  • These winter nights, against my windowpane
  • Nature with busy pencil draws designs
  • Of ferns and blossoms and fine spray of pines,
  • Oak-leaf and acorn and fantastic vines,
  • Which she will make when summer comes again—
  • Quaint arabesques in argent, flat and cold,
  • Like curious Chinese etchings.
  • T. B. Aldrich.

  • He comes,—he comes,—the Frost Spirit comes!—from the frozen Labrador,—
  • From the icy bridge of the Northern seas, which the white bear wanders o’er,—
  • Where the fisherman’s sail is stiff with ice, and the luckless forms below
  • In the sunless cold of the lingering night into marble statues grow!
  • Whittier.