“… ridged inch deep with pearl”

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The snow had begun in the gloaming,

And busily all the night

Had been heaping field and highway

With a silence deep and white.

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Every pine and fir and hemlock

Wore ermine too dear for an earl,

And the poorest twig on the elm-tree

Was ridged inch deep with pearl.

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[James Russell Lowell — The First Snow-Fall]

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