- Year Published: 1913
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: England
- Source: Stevenson, R.L. (1913). A Child’s Garden of Verses. Simon & Schuster Children’s.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 2.4
- Word Count: 129
Stevenson, R. (1913). Winter-Time. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved July 29, 2014, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Winter-Time." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. July 29, 2014.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "Winter-Time," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed July 29, 2014,.
Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again.
Before the stars have left the skies,
At morning in the dark I rise;
And shivering in my nakedness,
By the cold candle, bathe and dress.
Close by the jolly fire I sit
To warm my frozen bones a bit;
Or with a reindeer-sled, explore
The colder countries round the door.
When to go out, my nurse doth wrap
Me in my comforter and cap;
The cold wind burns my face, and blows
Its frosty pepper up my nose.
Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding cake.