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LINES PLACED OVER A CHIMNEY-PIECE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Surly winter, come not here
Last Line: And thaw the winter in the soul.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Subject(s): Chimney Sweepers & Chimneys; Winter

Surly Winter, come not here;
Bluster in thy proper sphere:
Howl along the naked plain,
There exert thy joyless reign;
Triumph o'er the withered flower,
The leafless shrub, the ruined bower;
But our cottage come not near; --
Other springs inhabit here,
Other sunshine decks our board,
Than the niggard skies afford.
Gloomy Winter, hence! away!
Love and Fancy scorn thy sway;
Love and Joy, and friendly Mirth,
Shall bless this roof, these walls, this hearth;
The rigour of the year controul,
And thaw the winter in the soul.

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