Songs And Poems

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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of ...
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Songs and poems

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Overview

This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781163705971
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 0.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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THE SWALLOWS ' IJtiE hills of Camden mile on mile Fling their green mantle o'er the bay; The dark waves dance about the isle Where we have nested many a day. The shadows mount; the air is chill; Away! The hermit thrush has left the bed Where late his giddy music shone, The sumac in the swamp is red, And Autumn binds her sandals on. The season wanes; summer's at end. Away! OCTOBER as the dew it kindles on the spray Across the shadows of each shelving lawn, The rising sun, with low and level ray Scatters the cold, gray phantoms of the dawn. Like ghosts they flee, like dreams expire Within the elemental fire Of our first calm October day. A day all zenith; the enclosing air, Like to the lens of a vast telescope, Shows the enameled globe, which now doth wear Its gayest motley; every jutting slope And quiet spire appears both far and near, Seen through the splendor of the atmosphere. Something Elysian,—a faint tang of joy,— Breathes from the moisture of the open field, Recalling Spring, yet Spring with no alloy Of heartache, such as hovers on the view Of things in promise. Here is harvest-yield; Old Earth hath done her best and can no further do. The yellowing pages of Earth's ledger lie, In new-cropped acres, open to the sky; A text that all may understand, With margins where wild vines expand In crimson revelry. Beyond the valley lies a ledge Of rocky pasture and a tier Of hemlock and of juniper; And close to the embattled edge,— Their roots embedded in the stony stairs,— The aged cedars flaunt their burning wares. Like banners in a gallery, They hang above the bright ravine, Where from the mountains to the sea The farms and villages are seen, All clad in twinklingsheen. Above our heads the mounta...
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