Thomas Bailey Aldrich



The Winter Robin

by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Sursum corda

Now is that sad time of year
When no flower or leaf is here;
When in misty Southern ways
Oriole and jay have flown,
And of all sweet birds, alone
The robin stays.

So give thanks at Christmas-tide:
Hopes of spring-time yet abide!
See, in spite of darksome days,
Wind and rain and bitter chill,
Snow, and sleet-hung branches, still
The robin stays!


Unguarded Gates: And Other Poems
Copyright 1895
Houghton, Mifflin And Company,Boston And New York