The Winter Nosegay
a poem by
William Cowper 

The Winter Nosegay 

What Nature, alas! has deni'd 
To the delicate growth of our isle, 
Art has in a measure suppli'd, 
And winter is deck'd with a smile. 
See, Mary, what beauties I bring 
From the shelter of that sunny shed, 
Where the flowers have the charms of the spring, 
Though abroad they are frozen and dead. 

'Tis a bower of Arcadian sweets, 
Where Flora is still in her prime; 
A fortress to which she retreats, 
From the cruel assaults of the clime. 
While earth wears a mantle of snow, 
These pinks are as fresh and as gay, 
As the fairest and sweetest that blow 
On the beautiful bosom of May. 

See how they have safely surviv'd 
The frowns of a sky so severe! 
Such Mary's true love that has liv'd 
Through many a turbulent year. 
The charms of the late-blowing rose, 
Seem grac'd with a livelier hue, 
And the winter of sorrow best shows 
The truth of a friend, such as you. 

William Cowper

The Winter Nosegay - a poem by William Cowper

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