This cheerful celebration of winter and the birds which love it wasn’t the only snowbird song appearing in Robert Merry’s Museum.
“The Snow-Bird” (from Robert Merry’s Museum, February 1848; p. 64)
music for 'The Snow-Bird'

When the leaves and flowers are dead,

When the other birds are fled,

When the winter wind is keen,

Then the snow-birds all are seen.

When the flakes are falling fast,

When the forest feels the blast,

When the drifts in circles play,

’Tis the snow-birds’ holiday.

When the earth is covered deep,

When in ice the rivers sleep,

When all other things are sad,

Hark! the snow-birds’ voice is glad!

When the frost is on the pane,

When the wailing winds complain,

When the boys come shivering in,

Hark! the snow-birds’ cheerful din!

But when Spring, ’mid rosy light,

Bids stern Winter take his flight,

The snow-birds, in his stormy train,

Fly northward, where he holds his reign.

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