In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter,
Excerpt from "In the Bleak Midwinter"
These images were made in 1885 by Wilson A. Bentley, and in
Present day by Kenneth G. Libbrecht
The music is by Giacomo Puccini's great opera, Madama Butterfly. This portion is called "The Humming Chorus. In this poignant scene at the end of Act II, Butterfly maintains a vigil through the night, waiting for her love to return. The chorus stands offstage singing this melancholy tune, foreshadowing the tragedy to come.
I wish you peace as chaste and gentle as the scene outside today.