The Rabbit Leaps

by Henry David Thoreau

The Rabbit leaps
The mouse outcreeps
The flag out-peeps
    Beside the brook.

The ferret weeps
The marmot sleeps
The owlet keeps
    In his snug nook.

The apples thaw
The ravens caw
The squirrels gnaw
    The frozen fruit;

To their retreat
We track the feet
Of mice that eat
    The apples root.

The willows droop
The alders stoop
The pheasants group
    Beneath the snow.

The catkins green
Cast o'er the scene
A summer sheen
    A genial glow.

The snow dust falls
The otter crawls
The partridge calls
    Far in the wood

The traveller dreams
The tree-ice gleams
The blue jay screams
    In angry mood.

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