Winter Uplands

Original Text: 
The Poems of Archibald Lampman, ed. Duncan Campbell Scott (Toronto: George N. Morang, 1900): 299, as reprinted in The Poems of Archibald Lampman (including At the Long Sault), intro. by Margaret Coulby of Toronto Press, 1974).
1The frost that stings like fire upon my cheek,
2The loneliness of this forsaken ground,
3The long white drift upon whose powdered peak
4I sit in the great silence as one bound;
5The rippled sheet of snow where the wind blew
6Across the open fields for miles ahead;
7The far-off city towered and roofed in blue
8A tender line upon the western red;
9The stars that singly, then in flocks appear,
10Like jets of silver from the violet dome,
11So wonderful, so many and so near,
12And then the golden moon to light me home--
13The crunching snowshoes and the stinging air,
14And silence, frost, and beauty everywhere.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.