Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AUTUMN, by JOHANNA AMBROSIUS

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First Line: Once again, o'er all the land
Last Line: Our souls will pass, to silence going.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall

ONCE again, o'er all the land,
Autumn's golden rain is sweeping;
Wearied by the summer's heat,
Many heads seek rest in sleeping.

For the last time dying flowers
Fragrance breathe from blossoms pouring;
Where the rustling grain once waved,
Smoke from shepherds' fires is soaring.

Softly, with no joyous notes,
Birds of passage southward winging,
With light stroke of pinions now
Kiss their nests, -- a farewell flinging.

Ah, the hour when Nature draws
Her last breath, to ice congealing,
Never can the eye discern, --
To the soul 't is known by feeling.

Thus shall we all also fare:
When has passed the summer's singing,
And the joys of life have fled,
Cometh Death to all rest bringing.

In the tempest and in want,
Or the sunshine and joy knowing,
Softly under hand of God
Our souls will pass, to silence going.

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