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Poem by Rose Terry Cooke


There comes a time of rest to thee,
Whose laden boughs droop heavily
Toward earth, thou golden-fruited tree!

A time when wind and tempest cease
To spoil and stain thy fair increase:
After fruition deepest peace.

The tender bloom that decked thee, bride,
The jewels of thy matron pride,
And purple robes,-all laid aside.

The slow, red sunshine, o'er thee cast,
In sweet, sad kisses for thy last,
And shadow-haunted from the past.

Green, leafy, quiet, freed from care,
No heavier weight thy lithe limbs bear
Than dripping rain and sunny air.

But unto man's diviner sense
The strenuous rest of penitence
Remaineth only for defense.

His fruit drops slowly from his hands,
But only with the dropping sands
That fall on Time's slow-gathering strands.

The sower in this mortal field
Shall reap no harvest's gracious yield,
The warrior conquers-on his shield.

But after life and fruit and rest,
Thou, tree! by dust shalt be possessed;
To him remains a day more blest,

A newer hope, a summer-time
Renewed forever in its prime,
Where God, his harvest, sits sublime. 

Rose Terry Cooke

Rose Terry Cooke's other poems:
  1. Trailing Arbutus
  2. Exogenesis
  3. Fastrada's Ring
  4. Nemesis
  5. The Iconoclast

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Edward Thomas October ("The green elm with the one great bough of gold")
  • Dinah Craik October ("IT is no joy to me to sit")
  • William Bryant October ("Ay, thou art welcome, heavenТs delicious breath!")
  • 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 mountainТs 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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