I dug and dug amongst the snow, And thought the flowers would never grow; I dug and dug amongst the sand, And still no green thing came to hand. Melt, o snow! the warm winds blow To thaw the flowers and melt the snow; But all the winds from every land Will rear no blossom from the sand.
About the headline (FAQ)
- by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), no title, appears in Sing-song: a nursery rhyme book, first published 1872 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Walter Galpin Alcock (1861 - 1947), "I dug and dug amongst the snow", published 1916 [ voice and piano ], from Kookoorookoo and other songs [sung text not yet checked]
- by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962), "Hope", 1918, published 1919 [ medium voice, piano ], from Mother and Child, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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