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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
352. The Last Days
 
By George Sterling
 
 
THE RUSSET leaves of the sycamore
Lie at last on the valley floor—
By the autumn wind swept to and fro
Like ghosts in a tale of long ago.
Shallow and dear the Carmel glides        5
Where the willows droop on its vine-walled sides.
 
The bracken-rust is red on the hill;
The pines stand brooding, somber and still;
Gray are the cliffs, and the waters gray,
Where the seagulls dip to the sea-born spray.        10
Sad November, lady of rain,
Sends the goose-wedge over again.
 
Wilder now, for the verdure’s birth,
Falls the sunlight over the earth;
Kildees call from the fields where now        15
The banding blackbirds follow the plow;
Rustling poplar and brittle weed
Whisper low to the river-reed.
 
Days departing linger and sigh:
Stars come soon to the quiet sky;        20
Buried voices, intimate, strange,
Cry to body and soul of change;
Beauty, eternal fugitive,
Seeks the home that we cannot give.
 

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