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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. Fading Autumn
By Mrs. Elizabeth Clementine Kinney (1810–1889)
 
TH’ AUTUMNAL glories all have passed away;
  The forest-leaves no more in hectic red
Give glowing tokens of their brief decay,
  But scattered lie, or rustle at the tread,
  Like whispered warnings from the mouldering dead;        5
The naked trees stretch out their arms all day,
  And each bald hill-top lifts its reverend head
As if for some new covering to pray.
  Come, WINTER, then, and spread thy robe of white
Above the desolation of this scene;        10
  And when the sun with gems shall make it bright,
Or, when its snowy folds by midnight’s queen
  Are silvered o’er with a serener light,
We ’ll cease to sigh for summer’s living green.
 
 
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