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Poem by Thomas Hardy


The Later Autumn


Gone are the lovers, under the bush
Stretched at their ease;
Gone the bees,
Tangling themselves in your hair as they rush
On the line of your track,
Leg-laden, back
With a dip to their hive
In a prepossessed dive.

Toadsmeat is mangy, frosted, and sere;
Apples in grass
Crunch as we pass,
And rot ere the men who make cyder appear.
Couch-fires abound
On fallows around,
And shades far extend
Like lives soon to end.

Spinning leaves join the remains shrunk and brown
Of last yearТs display
That lie wasting away,
On whose corpses they earlier as scorners gazed down
From their aery green height:
Now in the same plight
They huddle; while yon
A robin looks on.



Thomas Hardy

Poem Themes: Seasons, Autumn

Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. Long Plighted
  2. Thoughts at Midnight
  3. Song to an Old Burden
  4. Her Second Husband Hears Her Story
  5. Zermatt: To the Matterhorn


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