Then she gazed thoughtfully upon the red drops that sprinkled the white snow, and said, 'Would that my little daughter may be as white as that snow, as red as that blood, and as black as this ebony windowframe!' And so the little girl really did grow up; her skin was as white as snow, her cheeks as rosy as the blood, and her hair as black as ebony; and she was called Snowdrop.
But Snowdrop grew more and more beautiful; and when she was seven years old she was as bright as the day, and fairer than the queen herself.
Number two: you pulled Snowdrop
away by the tail just as I had put down the saucer of milk before her!
So he told them how he had come from York to the sweet vale of Rother, traveling the country through as a minstrel, stopping now at castle, now at hall, and now at farmhouse; how he had spent one sweet evening in a certain broad, low farmhouse, where he sang before a stout franklin and a maiden as pure and lovely as the first snowdrop
of spring; how he had played and sung to her, and how sweet Ellen o' the Dale had listened to him and had loved him.
She is an anxious, spare, yet vigorous old woman, clean as a snowdrop
. Her grey hair is turned neatly back under a pure linen cap with a black band round it; her broad chest is covered with a buff neckerchief, and below this you see a sort of short bedgown made of blue-checkered linen, tied round the waist and descending to the hips, from whence there is a considerable length of linsey- woolsey petticoat.
And what do you mean by pulling up the crocuses and snowdrops
, eh sir?'
But a bird sang blithely on a budding bough, close by, the snowdrops
blossomed freshly at the window, and the spring sunshine streamed in like a benediction over the placid face upon the pillow, a face so full of painless peace that those who loved it best smiled through their tears, and thanked God that Beth was well at last.
There is no amaranth, no pomegranate here, But can your heart forget the Christmas rose, The crocuses and snowdrops
once so dear?
There were beds of crocuses and hyacinths, fragrant clumps of violets, borders of snowdrops
, masses of primroses and early anemones.
Things came up there and grew and flowered exactly as my gardening books said they should do; and in front of me, in the gay orchard, things that nobody ever troubled about or cultivated or noticed throve joyously beneath the trees,--daffodils thrusting their spears through the grass, crocuses peeping out inquiringly, snowdrops
uncovering their small cold faces when the first shivering spring days came.
'There is a bed of young vegetables in that corner, and here are some snowdrops
and primroses already in bloom - and there, too, is a yellow crocus just opening in the sunshine.'
"Father," she said, in a tone of gentle gravity, which sometimes came like a sadder, slower cadence across her playfulness, "we shall take the furze bush into the garden; it'll come into the corner, and just against it I'll put snowdrops
and crocuses, 'cause Aaron says they won't die out, but'll always get more and more."