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Poem by Dinah Maria Craik


October


IT is no joy to me to sit
On dreamy summer eves,
When silently the timid moon
Kisses the sleeping leaves,
And all things through the fair hushed earth
Love, rest--but nothing grieves.
Better I like old Autumn
With his hair tossed to and fro,
Firm striding o'er the stubble fields
When the equinoctials blow.

When shrinkingly the sun creeps up
Through misty mornings cold,
And Robin on the orchard hedge
Sings cheerily and bold,
While the frosted plum
Drops downward on the mould;--
And as he passes, Autumn
Into earth's lap does throw
Brown apples gay in a game of play,
As the equinoctials blow.

When the spent year its carol sinks
Into a humble psalm,
Asks no more for the pleasure draught,
But for the cup of balm,
And all its storms and sunshine bursts
Controls to one brave calm,--
Then step by step walks Autumn,
With steady eyes that show
Nor grief nor fear, to the death of the year,
While the equinoctials blow. 



Dinah Maria Craik


Dinah Maria Craik's other poems:
  1. In Swanage Bay
  2. Now and Afterwards
  3. Coming Hame
  4. Plighted
  5. At Even-Tide


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Edward Thomas October ("The green elm with the one great bough of gold")
  • William Bryant October ("Ay, thou art welcome, heavens delicious breath!")
  • Rose Cooke October ("There comes a time of rest to thee")
  • Paul Dunbar October ("OCTOBER is the treasurer of the year")
  • Paul Hayne October ("THE passionate Summer's dead! the sky's a-glow")
  • John Payne October ("OCTOBER, May of the descending days")
  • Hilaire Belloc October ("Look, how those steep woods on the mountains face")
  • Ellis Butler October ("The forest holds high carnival to-day")
  • Ella Wilcox October ("Gone are the Spring and Summer from the year")
  • Elinor Wylie October ("Beauty has a tarnished dress")
  • Robert Frost October ("O hushed October morning mild")
  • Ina Coolbrith October ("THE summer-rose is dead")
  • Edgar Guest October ("Days are gettin' shorter an' the air a keener snap")

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