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Poem by Samuel Johnson


Autumn


Alas! with swift and silent pace,
Impatient time rolls on the year;
The Seasons change, and Nature's face
Now sweetly smiles, now frowns severe.

'Twas Spring, 'twas Summer, all was gay,
Now Autumn bends a cloudy brow;
The flowers of Spring are swept away,
And Summer fruits desert the bough.

The verdant leaves that play'd on high,
And wanton'd on the western breeze,
Now trod in dust neglected lie,
As Boreas strips the bending trees.

The fields that waved with golden grain,
As russet heaths are wild and bare;
Not moist with dew, but drench'd in rain,
Nor health nor pleasure wanders there.

No more, while through the midnight shade
Beneath the moon's pale orb I stray,
Soft pleasing woes my heart invade,
As Progne pours the melting lay.

From this capricious clime she soars,
O! would some god but wings supply!
To where each morn the Spring restores,
Companion of her flight I'd try.

Vain wish! me fate compels to bear
The downward season's iron reign,
Compels to breathe the polluted air,
And shiver on a blasted plain.

What bliss to life can Autumn yield,
If glooms, and showers,and storms prevail;
And Ceres flies the naked field,
And flowers and fruits, and Phoebus fail.

Oh! what remains, what lingers yet,
To cheer me in the darkening hour!
The grape remains! the friend of wit,
In love, and mirth, of mighty power.

Haste - press the clusters, fill the bowl;
Apollo! shoot thy parting ray:
This gives the sunshine of the soul,
This god of health, and verse, and day.

Still - still the jocund train shall flow,
The pulse with vigorous rapture beat;
My Stella with new charms shall glow,
And every bliss in wine shall meet. 



Samuel Johnson

Poem Theme: Autumn

Samuel Johnson's other poems:
  1. To Myrtilis - The New Year's Offering
  2. To Miss --
  3. From the Medea of Euripides
  4. Written at the Request of a Gentleman to Whom a Lady Had Given a Sprig of Myrtle
  5. Parody of a Translation from the Medea of Euripides


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John Clare Autumn ("The thistledown's flying, though the winds are all still")
  • William Morris Autumn ("Laden Autumn here I stand")
  • Anna Barbauld Autumn ("Farewell the softer hours, Spring's opening blush")
  • Philip Bailey Autumn ("Tis Autumn--and the winds are high")
  • Francis Ledwidge Autumn ("Now leafy winds are blowing cold")
  • William Watson Autumn ("Thou burden of all songs the earth hath sung")
  • Thomas Nashe Autumn ("Autumn hath all the summer's fruitful treasure")
  • Walter Landor Autumn ("Mild is the parting year, and sweet")
  • Alexander Posey Autumn ("IN the dreamy silence")
  • Lydia Sigourney Autumn ("Tree! why hast thou doffed thy mantle of green")
  • Ada Cambridge (Cross) Autumn ("So stillЧso still! Only the endless sighing")
  • Alice Bartlett Autumn ("The blaze of autumn scorches now the hill")

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