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First Line: Summer is gone and all the merry noise
Last Line: Dreams autumn's melancholy life away.
Subject(s): Autumn; Labor & Laborers; Seasons; Fall; Work; Workers


Summer is gone and all the merry noise
Of busy harvest in its labouring glee;
The shouts of toil, the laughs of gleaning boys
Sweeing at dinner-hours on willow tree,
The cracking whip, the scraps of homely song,
Sung by the boys that drive the loaded wain,
The noise of geese that haste and hiss along
For corn that litters in the narrow lane
Torn from the wagon by the hedgerow trees,
Tinkles of whetting scythes amid the grain,
The bark of dogs stretched at their panting ease,
Watching the stook where morning's dinner lay --
All these have passed, and silence at her ease
Dreams autumn's melancholy life away.






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