Grayness of cold in the woods and the sky,
Bitter of cold in the twilight's breath;
Dark the desolate pastures lie;
Hushed the home with the hush of death
Lo! in a window a glow of light,—
Marvel of changes! The magic ray
Warms and gladdens the heart of night,
And all the world is relieved and gay.
Thus, when living is cold and drear,
Thus, when heaven and hope are at strife,
Thus the gleam of thy household cheer,—
Humor, the light in the window of life!