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Poem by Henry Van Dyke


Indian Summer


A soft veil dims the tender skies,
And half conceals from pensive eyes
The bronzing tokens of the fall;
A calmness broods upon the hills,
And summerТs parting dream distills
A charm of silence over all.

The stacks of corn, in brown array,
Stand waiting through the placid day,
Like tattered wigwams on the plain;
The tribes that find a shelter there
Are phantom peoples, forms of air,
And ghosts of vanished joy and pain.

At evening when the crimson crest
Of sunset passes down the West,
I hear the whispering host returning;
On far-off fields, by elm and oak,
I see the lights, I smell the smoke,--
The Camp-fires of the Past are burning.



Henry Van Dyke

Poem Theme: Indian Summer

Henry Van Dyke's other poems:
  1. The Statue of Sherman by St. Gaudens
  2. The Empty Quatrain
  3. Christ of Everywhere
  4. Hesper
  5. Sea-Gulls of Manhattan


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Hamlin Garland Indian Summer ("AT last there came")
  • Lydia Sigourney Indian Summer ("WHEN was the redman's summer?")
  • John Tabb Indian Summer ("NO more the battle or the chase")
  • Sara Teasdale Indian Summer ("LYRIC night of the lingering Indian summer")
  • Katharine Tynan Indian Summer ("This is the sign!")

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