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Poem by Alice Hunt Bartlett


The blaze of autumn scorches now the hill,
And many anxious creatures range the brake
Concerned, as if they knew they soon must take
Their final breath, for autumn winds are chill!
The watch-fires flame beside the humming mill,
Where trees bend scarlet by a brimming lake
And on the edge complains a mournful drake,
As if he knew full well Fall comes to kill.

The blaze of autumn scorches now the heart,
And coming partings seem upon the wind
And eyes gaze wistfully that dread to part:
The transiency of life afflicts the mind
With thought of separation, swift tears start
For those who go . . . and those who stay behind.

Alice Hunt Bartlett

Alice Hunt Bartlett's other poems:
  1. Reactionary
  2. Illusion
  3. Greater Beauty
  4. Service
  5. Moonlight and the Sea

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Johnson Autumn ("Alas! with swift and silent pace")
  • John Clare Autumn ("The thistledown's flying, though the winds are all still")
  • William Morris Autumn ("Laden Autumn here I stand")
  • Anna Barbauld Autumn ("Farewell the softer hours, Spring's opening blush")
  • Philip Bailey Autumn ("Tis Autumn--and the winds are high")
  • Francis Ledwidge Autumn ("Now leafy winds are blowing cold")
  • William Watson Autumn ("Thou burden of all songs the earth hath sung")
  • Thomas Nashe Autumn ("Autumn hath all the summer's fruitful treasure")
  • Walter Landor Autumn ("Mild is the parting year, and sweet")
  • Alexander Posey Autumn ("IN the dreamy silence")
  • Lydia Sigourney Autumn ("Tree! why hast thou doffed thy mantle of green")
  • Ada Cambridge (Cross) Autumn ("So stillЧso still! Only the endless sighing")

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