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


A little snow, tumbled about, anon becomes a mountain.


  • Through the sharp air a flaky torrent flies,
  • Mocks the slow sight, and hides the gloomy skies;
  • The fleecy clouds their chilly bosoms bare,
  • And shed their substance on the floating air.
  • Crabbe.

  • 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.
  • Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work
  • So fanciful, so savage, naught cares he
  • For number or proportion.
  • Emerson.

    How beautiful it was, falling so silently, all day long, all night long, on the mountains, on the meadows, on the roofs of the living, on the graves of the dead!


    Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem.

    W. H. Gibson.

  • The speckled sky is dim with snow,
  • The light flakes falter and fall slow;
  • Athwart the hill-top, rapt and pale,
  • Silently drops a silvery veil;
  • And all the valley is shut in
  • By flickering curtains gray and thin.
  • J. T. Trowbridge.

  • On turf and curb and bower-roof
  • The snow-storm spreads its ivory woof;
  • It paves with pearl the garden-walk;
  • And lovingly around the tatter’d stalk
  • And shivering stem its magic weaves
  • A mantle fair as lily-leaves.
  • J. T. Trowbridge.

  • Out of the bosom of the Air,
  • Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
  • Over the woodlands brown and bare,
  • Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
  • Silent, and soft, and slow
  • Descends the snow.
  • Longfellow.

  • A cheer for the snow—the drifting snow;
  • Smoother and purer than Beauty’s brow;
  • The creature of thought scarce likes to tread
  • On the delicate carpet so richly spread.
  • With feathery wreaths the forest is bound,
  • And the hills are with glittering diadems crown’d:
  • ’Tis the fairest scene we can have below.
  • Sing, welcome, then, to the drifting snow!
  • Eliza Cook.

  • Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
  • Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
  • Seems nowhere to alight; the whited air
  • Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
  • And veils the farmhouse at the garden’s end.
  • The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
  • Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
  • Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
  • In a tumultuous privacy of storm.
  • Emerson.

  • Lo! while we are gazing, in swifter haste
  • Stream down the snows, till the air is white,
  • As, myriads by myriads madly chased,
  • They fling themselves from their shadowy height.
  • The fair, frail creatures of middle sky,
  • What speed they make, with their grave so nigh;
  • Flake after flake,
  • To lie in the dark and silent lake!
  • William Cullen Bryant.

  • Stand here by my side and turn, I pray,
  • On the lake below thy gentle eyes;
  • The clouds hang over it, heavy and gray,
  • And dark and silent the water lies;
  • And out of that frozen mist the snow
  • In wavering flakes begins to flow;
  • Flake after flake,
  • They sink in the dark and silent lake.
  • William Cullen Bryant.