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TWO SONGS OF AUTUMN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wind has whipped the willows bare
Last Line: To your deep unrest.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Autumn; Grief; Seasons; Fall; Sorrow; Sadness


WIND has whipped the willows bare,
Frost has browned the grass;
All through the autumn air
Let us cry alas!

Loud sing the gaunt reeds
Till all the shore has heard,
That hidden in the blackened weeds
There is no bird;

There is no flower ashine
In the stubble corn;
Bracken lifted thin and fine
Is shrivelled now, and torn.

Oh, to leave the bleak hill
Where the air grieves,
And in the valley, dark and chill,
Go bury us in leaves!


TURN, turn away
From the hills of gold;
Soon they are grey
And wasted and old.

Close raptured eyes
From the maples fire;
Soon it sinks and dies
In the trodden mire.

Bend your proud head
Under the bright wind...
The garden all is dead
And the poplars thinned.

You are no more
Than a yellow leaf—
The wind makes you soar—
Flight is swift and brief...

Clear light will fall
Soon, in the West;
Vain are winds that call
To your deep unrest.

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