The day is cold, and dark, and dreary; It rains, and the wind is never weary; The vine still clings to the mouldering wall, But at every gust the dead leaves fall, And the day is dark and dreary.
My life is cold, and dark, and dreary; It rains, and the wind is never weary; My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past, But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast, And the days are dark and dreary.
Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary.
The artist of the above illustration is Bessie Pease Gutmann. I have hanging in my bedroom a lovely illustration of hers (see immediately below) which is set in a very old round oak frame. Unfortunately I have managed to batter the frame a bit over the years. It was in my mother's wardrobe and never put on a wall.
From WIKI: Bessie Pease Gutmann (April 8, 1876 – September 29, 1960) was an American artist and illustrator, initially as Bessie Collins Pease, most noted for her paintings of putti, infants, and young children. During the early 1900s she was one of the better-known magazine and book illustrators in the United States.Her artwork was featured on 22 magazine covers such as Woman's Home Companion and McCall's between 1906 and 1920. She also illustrated popular children's books including a notable 1907 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Although the commercial popularity of Gutmann's art declined during World War II, there was renewed interest in her illustrations from collectors by the late 20th century.
Apologies, Arena, if I have gone completely off-piste! I have just been enjoying looking at her illustrations.