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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
 
V. Appendix
September
 
IN the turbulent beauty
  Of a gusty Autumn day,
Poet on a sunny headland
  Sighed his soul away.
 
Farms the sunny landscape dappled,        5
  Swandown clouds dappled the farms,
Cattle lowed in mellow distance
  Where far oaks outstretched their arms.
 
Sudden gusts came full of meaning,
  All too much to him they said,        10
Oh, south winds have long memories,
  Of that be none afraid.
 
I cannot tell rude listeners
  Half the tell-tale South-wind said,—
’T would bring the blushes of yon maples        15
  To a man and to a maid. 1
 
Note 1. These verses have never been printed in full except by Mr. Channing in his Thoreau, the Poet Naturalist. The text there varies slightly from that here selected as the best version from the journals. [back]
 
 
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