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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
Poems of Nature
A Day
 
TALK not of sad November, when a day
  Of warm, glad sunshine fills the sky of noon,
  And a wind, borrowed from some morn of June,
Stirs the brown grasses and the leafless spray.
 
On the unfrosted pool the pillared pines        5
  Lay their long shafts of shadow: the small rill,
  Singing a pleasant song of summer still,
A line of silver, down the hill-slope shines.
 
Hushed the bird-voices and the hum of bees,
  In the thin grass the crickets pipe no more;        10
  But still the squirrel hoards his winter store,
And drops his nut-shells from the shag-bark trees.
 
Softly the dark green hemlocks whisper: high
  Above, the spires of yellowing larches show,
  Where the woodpecker and home-loving crow        15
And jay and nut-hatch winter’s threat defy.
 
O gracious beauty, ever new and old!
  O sights and sounds of nature, doubly dear
  When the low sunshine warns the closing year
Of snow-blown fields and waves of Arctic cold!        20
 
Close to my heart I fold each lovely thing
  The sweet day yields; and, not disconsolate,
  With the calm patience of the woods I wait
For leaf and blossom when God gives us Spring!

  29th, Eleventh Month, 1886.
 
 
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