SNOW IN TOWN by Rickman Mark

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SNOW IN TOWN by Rickman Mark

(1) Nothing is quite so quiet and clean
As snow that falls in the night;
And is n’t it jolly to jump from bed
And find the whole world white?
 
(2) It lies on the window ledges,
It lies on the boughs of the trees,
While sparrows crowd at the kitchen door,
With a pitiful “If you please?”
 
(3) It lies on the arm of the lamp-post,
Where the lighter’s ladder goes,
And the policeman under it beats his arms,
And stamps—to feel his toes;
 
(4) The butcher’s boy is rolling a ball
To throw at the man with coals,
And old Mrs. Ingram has fastened a piece
Of flannel under her soles;
 
(5) No sound there is in the snowy road
From the horses’ cautious feet,
And all is hushed but the postman’s knocks
Rat-tatting down the street,
 
(6) Till men come round with shovels
To clear the snow away,—
What a pity it is that when it falls
They never let it stay!
 
(7) And while we are having breakfast
Papa says, “Isn’t it light?
And all because of the thousands of geese
The Old Woman plucked last night.
 
(8) “And if you are good,” he tells us,
“And attend to your A B C,
You may go in the garden and make a snow man
As big or bigger than me.”

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Sparrow : a small Old World bird related to the weaverbirds, typically with brown and gray plumage.

Pitiful : deserving or arousing pity.

Butcher : a person whose trade is cutting up and selling meat in a shop.

Bough : a main branch of a tree

Pluck : take hold of (something) and quickly remove it from its place

Cautious : (of a person) careful to avoid potential problems or dangers

Fasten : close or do up securely

Ball : a solid or hollow spherical or egg-shaped object that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game

Pity : the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others

Crowd : a large number of people gathered together in a disorganized or unruly way

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