Spotlight Poetry – The Snowdrop – A Poem by Mary Robinson

The image depicts a painting titled Snowdrops by the artist Daniela Neumann. The work is a still life painting of six snowdrops. The artist has used a palette of cold colours blue, white, green and touch of yellow that infer the coming of Spring.The image supports the poem The Snowdrop written by the poet Mary Robinson.
© Daniela Neumann, Snowdrops, 2019

The Snowdrop by Mary Robinson

The snowdrop, Winter’s timid child,
Awakes to life, bedew’d with tears;

And flings around its fragrance mild,
And where no rival flow’rets bloom,
Amid the bare and chilling gloom,
A beauteous gem appears!

All weak and wan, with head inclined,
Its parent breast the drifted snow;
It trembles while the ruthless wind
Bends its slim form; the tempest lours,

Its emerald eye drops crystal showers
On its cold bed below.

Poor flower! on thee the sunny beam,
No touch of genial warmth bestows;

Except to thaw the icy stream,
Whose little current purls along
Thy fair and glossy charms among,
And whelms thee as it flows.

The night-breeze tears thy silky dress,
Which deck’d, with silvery lustre shone;
The morn returns, not thee to bless,
The gaudy crocus flaunts its pride,

And triumphs where its rival died,
Unshelter’d and unknown!

No sunny beam shall gild thy grave,
No bird of pity thee deplore;

There shall no spreading branches wave;
For Spring shall all her gems unfold,
And revel ‘mid her buds of gold,
When thou art seen no more!

Where’er I find thee, gentle flower,
Thou still art sweet and dear to me;
For I have known the cheerless hour,
Have seen the sunbeams cold and pale,

Have felt the chilling wintry gale,
And wept and shrunk like thee!

Poem Attribution © Mary Robinson, The Snowdrop

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Painting Attribution © Daniela Neumann, Snowdrops, 2019

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