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First Line: October, - and the skies are cool and grey
Last Line: His perfect harvesting; he sleeps at ease.
Alternate Author Name(s): Pollex, D.; Walker, Patricius
Subject(s): Autumn; Decay; Harvest; October; Seasons; Fall; Rot; Decadence

October,—and the skies are cool and grey
O'er stubbles emptied of their latest sheaf,
Bare meadow, and the slowly falling leaf.
The dignity of woods in rich decay
Accords full well with this majestic grief
That clothes our solemn purple hills to-day,
Whose afternoon is hush'd, and wintry brief.
Only a robin sings from any spray.
And night sends up her pale cold moon, and spills
White mist around the hollows of the hills,
Phantom of firth or lake; the peasant sees
His cot and stackyard, with the homestead trees,
In-islanded; but no vain terror thrills
His perfect harvesting; he sleeps at ease.

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