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Under the Snow

Joe Malchow, who has contributed so greatly to this site with his technical expertise, recently posted Robert Collyer’s “Under the Snow”. Robert Collyer was a Yorkshireman who was forced to work in a linen mill at the age of eight. He studied at night, emigrated to America in 1850 when he was in his late twenties, became a famous preacher and abolitionist, and wrote this marvellous love poem, good for Christmas and good for New Year’s, which begins:

IT was Christmas Eve in the year fourteen,
And, as ancient dalesmen used to tell,
The wildest winter they ever had seen,
With the snow lying deep on moor and fell,

When Wagoner John got out his team,
Smiler and Whitefoot, Duke and Gray,
With the light in his eyes of a young man’s dream,
As he thought of his wedding on New Year’s Day. . .

To read all of "Under the Snow", visit Joe.