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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The Month of Ripeness
By William Wilfred Campbell (1861–1918)
 
THOU languid August noon,
  When all the slopes are sunny;
When with jocund, dreamy tune,
  The bees are in the honey
When with purple flowers,        5
  A-flaming in the sun,
The drowsy hours
  Thread, one by one,
    The golden pleasaunces.
 
Then is heart’s musing time,        10
  Then, of all the seasons,
Old Earth for inward rhyme
  Is full of golden reasons;—
Then the ripening gourd,
  The sun-kissed garden wall,        15
The purpling hoard,
  The flocks that call
    Adown the distances.
 
Forgo the saddening tear,
  Thou Month without alloy;        20
To younger seasons of the year
  Resign the flag of joy;
But thou, be what thou art,
  Full brooding to the brim
Of dreams apart        25
  And purlieus dim
    Of leafy silences.
 
 
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