What shape is this in cowl of snow? Stiff broom and icy hat? A saffron moon, half-hidden, stares — But what is she staring at? The knocker dangles on the door, But stark as tree and post He blankly eyes the bright green paint, Is silent as a ghost. But wait till belfry midnight strike, And up to the stars is tossed Shrill cockcrow! — then, he’ll gadding go — And, at his heels, Jack Frost: Broom over shoulder, away he’ll go, Finger-tips tingling, nose aglow, Dancing and yodelling through the snow, And, at his heels, Jack Frost!
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "The Snow‑Man" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "The Snow-Man", 1989, first performed 1990 [ baritone and piano ], from Winter Windows -- 7 songs for Baritone and Piano, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
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