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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Songs of Greater Britain (1899)
IV. Autumn
By Cicely Fox-Smith (1882–1954)
 
STERN Time hath banished with a frown
  The summer, now grown wan and old;
In grief the woodlands lay adown
  Their crowns of gold.
 
No more the copses echo round        5
  With stockdove’s moan and woodwren’s lay;
To gladden distant shores with sound
  They wing their way.
 
The wild winds shudder thro’ the trees,
  Where late the redstart’s carol rang;        10
The torn nests wanton with the breeze
  Where sweet birds sang.
 
The sere, sad leaves, their glory done,
  Fall from the bough to meet the wave:
The stream they shadowed from the sun        15
  Gives them a grave.
 
 
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