Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent and soft and slow
Descends the snow.
Even as our cloudy fancies take
Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
In the white countenance confession,
The troubled sky reveals
The grief it feels.
This is the poem of the air,
Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
Now whispered and revealed
To wood and field.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
An American poet, teacher and translator born in Portland, Maine. Having studied and taught in Europe and the USA he eventually retired from teaching to focus on writing. His famous works include The Song of Hiawatha, and he was the first American to translate Dantes Divine Comedy. His poems often tell stories from myth and legend and he was the most popular American poet of his day.
Edmund Dulac (1882–1953)
An artist and illustrator born in Toulouse, France, who although initially trained as a lawyer, switched to art full time having won prizes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He moved to London, eventually becoming a naturalized British Citizen in 1912. There he was given an illustration commission by the publishers J M Dent, eventually producing for Hodder & Stoughton the fairytale and similar illustrations he is most well known for, including artwork for The Arabian Nights, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, The Tempest by William Shakespeare, Sleeping Beauty and other Fairy Tales and Stories from Hans Christian Andersen. He designed British postage stamps, including those for the Coronation of King George VI in 1937 and one in the set for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, unfortunately dying just before it was issued, as well as banknotes for Free France during World War II and some for Poland, which were ordered by the Polish Government in Exile but never issued.