Loreena McKennitt - Snow

White are the far-off plains, and white
The fading forests grow;
The wind dies out along the height,
And denser still the snow,
A gathering weight on roof and tree,
Falls down scarce audibly.

The road before me smooths and fills
Apace, and all ahout
The fences dwindle, and the hills
Are bloted slowly out;
The naked trees loom spectrally
Into the dim white sky.

The meadows and far-sheeted streams
Lie still without a sound;
Like some soft minister of dreams
The snow-fall hoods me round;
In wood and water, earth and air,
A silence everywhere.

Save when at lonely intervals
Some farmer's sleigh, urged on,
With rustling runners and sharp bells
Swings by me and is gone;
Or from the empty waste I hear
A sound remote and clear.

The barking of a dog, or call
To cattle, sharply pealed,
Borne echoing from some wayside stall
Or barnyard far afield;

Then all is silent and the snow falls
Settling soft and slow
The evening deepens and the grey
Folds closer earth and sky
The world seems shrouded, far away.

Its noises sleep, and I as secret as
Yon buried stream plod dumbly on and dream.

Lyrics by Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)
Music by Loreena McKennitt
From: To drive the cold winter away (1987).

This song, minus the second stanza, and made with different musician can be found on Loreena's CD A winter garden (1995).

Archibald Lampman

For some info about and poems of Archibald Lampman, a Canadian poet, see e.g. a page at the University of Toronto; see also this page at Cornell University or this page at Sonnets.org or a page at Bartleby.com. Neither of these seem to mention "Snow", though. Also, you may want to check out the Canadian Poetry Archive of the National Library of Canada, which does have "Snow" but with a slightly different layout.
A Web search reveals a large number of other Web pages.

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