Loreena McKennitt - Snow

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

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

Save when at lonely spells
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
To cattle is 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 round the sky
The world seems shrouded, so far away.
Its noises sleep, and I as secret as
Yon buried stream plod dumbly on and dream.

I dream ...   (8x)

Lyrics: Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)
Music: Loreena McKennitt
From: A winter garden (1995).
And from: A Midwinter Night's Dream (2008).
and: Under A Winter's Moon (2022)

Source of the lyrics: the CD booklet. With some corrections by Enrico Crisostomo and by me.

This song, with an extra stanza between the first and the second above, and made with different musician can be found on Loreena's CD To drive the cold winter away (1987).

===> A few links to info on and poems of Archibald Lampman

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