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PAYSAGE MUET, by            
First Line: The stillness of a summer's day
Last Line: The hand we did not hold.
Subject(s): Autumn; Landscape; Seasons; Fall


The stillness of a summer's day
Hangs heavy and lush;
How like a ghostly lullaby
Is winter's gray hush!

But the silence of October
Is thin, and light, and high,
Like mist on the brown stubble,
Or wan moon in the sky.

It is the arpeggio
Of gaudy painted trees,
With grace-note of a cricket's cry
Upon the faint breeze.

The far-off steamboat whistle,
Or the rumbling of a train;
The keening of a house-dog:
Then silence falls again

To top the flaming sunset,
To reach a silver star;
The silence of October
Is high -- is far.

The silence of October
Is a secret left untold;
It is the kiss we did not kiss,
The hand we did not hold.





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