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(588) To Autumn - Keats

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  • Sam Droege
    To Autumn Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 10, 2005
      To Autumn

      Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
      Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
      Conspiring with him how to load and bless
      With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
      To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
      And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
      To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
      With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
      And still more, later flowers for the bees,
      Until they think warm days will never cease,
      For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

      Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
      Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
      Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
      Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
      Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
      Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
      Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
      And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
      Steady thy laden head across a brook;
      Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
      Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

      Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
      Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,--
      While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
      And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
      Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
      Among the river sallows, borne aloft
      Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
      And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
      Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
      The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
      And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

      -- John Keats




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