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First Line: Now is the time of thinned and reddened leaves
Last Line: When autumn wanes in dark dismantled glades.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Autumn; Country Life; Leaves; Seasons; Fall


NOW is the time of thinned and reddened leaves,
Of smoke up-curling from the roadside fire,
And sun grown golden warm on field and mire
Of rain-swept country lanes. And now with sheaves
Piled up at last, and haystacks to the eaves,
The laborer of summer takes his hire
And so departs, knowing no more desire
Save for the rest his quiet soul perceives.

But you and I have earned no sum of gold
For all our striving; nor do we seek rest
And quietness, when all this glory fades.
Only we hope that as the year grows old
Our joy change not, nor rising, find its crest,
When autumn wanes in dark dismantled glades.





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