Thursday, December 01, 2005

December is here!





If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on you hand a Turquoise blue,
Success will bless whate'er you do.
- Unattributed Author, December,
in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371


December drops no weak, relenting tear,
By our fond Summer sympathies ensnared,
Nor from the perfect circle of the year
Can even Winter's crystal gems be spared.
- Christopher Pearce Cranch, December


Shout now! The months with loud acclaim,
Take up the cry and send it forth;
May breathing sweet her Spring perfumes,
November thundering from the North.
With hands upraised, as with one voice,
They join their notes in grand accord;
Hail to December! say they all,
It gave to Earth our Christ the Lord!
- J.K. Hoyt, The Meeting of the Months


In a drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy brook,
Thy bubblings ne'er remember
Apollo's summer look;
But with a sweet forgetting,
They stay their crystal fretting,
Never, never petting
About the frozen time.
- John Keats (1), Stanzas


In December ring
Every day the chimes;
Loud the gleemen sing
In the streets their merry rhymes.
Let us by the fire
Ever higher
Sing them till the night expire!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


In cold December fragrant chaplets blow,
And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow.
- Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 77)

When we shall hear
The rain and wind beat dark December, how
In this our pinching cave shall we discourse
The freezing hours away?
- William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
(Arviragus at III, iii)


The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.
- John Greenleaf Whittier, Snow-Bound


Assorted quotes from GIGA USA


Happy December!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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