Sara Coleridge's poem begins:

January brings the snow
makes our feet and fingers glow

I have seen this listed as:

  • The Garden Year
  • The Months
  • January brings the snow

What is the correct / original title?

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The poem first appeared in print in Coleridge’s collection Pretty Lessons in Verse for Good Children: With Some Lessons in Latin in Easy Rhyme (1834). Google Books has a scan of an 1839 edition, where the poem starts on page 7 under the title ‘The Months’:

PRETTY LESSONS. THE MONTHS. January brings the snow, Makes our feet and fingers glow etc.

  • Thanks. Do you know if she re-published at a later date under the title The Garden Year, or was that someone else?
    – Phil Preen
    Nov 29, 2021 at 11:19
  • @PhilPreen All the editions I found prior to her death in 1852 use the title "The Months". I doubt she would have used the title "The Garden Year" as lakes, sheep, corn, sportsmen, and pheasants are not normally found in gardens. Nov 29, 2021 at 13:05
  • That makes sense. I guess The Garden Year is a later reworking by someone else. I didn't look closely enough to see if it was actually a different version of the poem.
    – Phil Preen
    Nov 30, 2021 at 14:07

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