*the frost performs its secret ministry

Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Frost at Midnight

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Photo ©2011, Jen Payne.

– Read all of Frost at Midnight here.

4 thoughts on “*the frost performs its secret ministry

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  1. “the secret ministry of frost”

    I’d never heard of this Coleridge poem before. The photo is extraordinary. I wonder which was first for you —
    I too always was fascinated by the frost flowers on windows —- much more prevalent in the days before double-glazing.

    1. One of my favorite things to do is research these wonderful quotes – so the photo came first, then the Coleridge poem. Which is quite lovely!

      I have a set of old-fashioned windows that still blossom with frost every winter – and it is fascinating!

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