Into a rapture

  Snow drops blooming on south-facing slope in Providence on Feb. 18.

Snow drops blooming on south-facing slope in Providence on Feb. 18.

"Was it the smile of early spring
That made my bosom glow?
'Twas sweet, but neither sun nor wind
Could raise my spirit so.

Was it some feeling of delight,
All vague and undefined?
No, 'twas a rapture deep and strong,
Expanding in the mind!"


--  Anne Bronte, "In Memory of A Happy Day in February''