How to Celebrate a Winter Storm

Serbian naive painter Zuzana Chalupova, “Russian Village in Winter”

 Friday

For those of you getting pounded by winter storms, here’s a Dante Gabriel Rossetti poem to cheer you up. Getting snowed in is a time for “free fellowship”:

January

By Dante Gabriel Rossetti

For January I give you vests of skins,
And mighty fires in hall, and torches lit;
Chambers and happy beds with all things fit;
Smooth silken sheets, rough furry counterpanes;
And sweetmeats baked; and one that deftly spins
Warm arras; and Douay cloth, and store of it;
And on this merry manner still to twit
The wind, when most his mastery the wind wins.
Or issuing forth at seasons in the day,
Ye’ll fling soft handfuls of the fair white snow
Among the damsels standing round, in play:
And when you all are tired and all aglow,
Indoors again the court shall hold its sway,
And the free Fellowship continue so.

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