Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONG - FOR NOVEMBER, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY



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SONG - FOR NOVEMBER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: While skies glint bright with
Last Line: With all her blossoms blooming.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Apples; Birds; Fruit; November; Seasons


WHILE skies glint bright with bluest light
Through clouds that race o'er field and town,
And leaves go dancing left and right,
And orchard apples tumble down;
While schoolgirls sweet, in lane or street,
Lean 'gainst the wind and feel and hear
Its glad heart like a lover's beat, --
So reigns the rapture of the year.

Then ho! and hey! and whoop-hooray!
Though winter clouds be looming,
Remember a November day
Is merrier than mildest May
With all her blossoms blooming.

While birds in scattered flight are blown
Aloft and lost in bosky mist,
And truant boys scud home alone
'Neath skies of gold and amethyst;
While twilight falls, and echo calls
Across the haunted atmosphere,
With low, sweet laughs at intervals, --
So reigns the rapture of the year.

Then ho! and hey! and whoop-hooray!
Though winter clouds be looming,
Remember a November day
Is merrier than mildest May
With all her blossoms blooming.





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