A January Morning

Original Text: 
The Poems of Archibald Lampman, ed. Duncan Campbell Scott (Toronto: George N. Morang, 1900): 286, as reprinted in The Poems of Archibald Lampman (including At the Long Sault), intro. by Margaret Coulby of Toronto Press, 1974).
1The glittering roofs are still with frost; each worn
2Black chimney builds into the quiet sky
3Its curling pile to crumble silently.
4Far out to westward on the edge of morn,
5The slender misty city towers up-borne
6Glimmer faint rose against the pallid blue;
7And yonder on those northern hills, the hue
8Of amethyst, hang fleeces dull as horn.
9And here behind me come the woodmen's sleighs
10With shouts and clamorous squeakings; might and main
11Up the steep slope the horses stamp and strain,
12Urged on by hoarse-tongued drivers-cheeks ablaze,
13Iced beards and frozen eyelids-team by team,
14With frost-fringed flanks, and nostrils jetting steam.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.