A reissue of the thirteen-line verse, first published in 1942, promising that ""Tonight [Christmas] when the hoar frost falls on the wood. . . .And the drifts are deep, and the year is old,"" then the mouse, hare, fox, fawn, buck, chipmunk, ""And all timid things will pause/and sigh, and sighing, bless/That Child who loves the/trembling hearts,/The shy hearts of the wilderness."" Watson's ink blue and white scenes set a still, expectant mood for those who are receptive to the sentimental notion.