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Poem by John Payne


THE meadows slumber in the golden shine;
Full-mirrored in the river's glass serene,
Stirless, the blue sky sleeps; knee-deep in green,
Nigh o'er-content for grazing are the kine.
The russet hops hang ripening on the bine;
The birds are mute; no clouds there are between
The slumbering lands to come and the sun's sheen;
The day is drowsed with Summer's 'wildering wine.
Peace over all is writ: fought is the fight;
From Winter for the nonce the field is won
And the tired earth can slumber in the sun
And dream her summer-dreams of still increase;
Whil'st, as the long rays lengthen to the night,
The breeze o'er all the landscape murmurs "Peace!"

John Payne

Poem Theme: Summer

John Payne's other poems:
  1. The Foredawn Hour
  2. September
  3. August
  4. December
  5. October

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Lionel Johnson July ("SUMMER lightning, and rich rain")
  • Alexander Posey July ("THE air without has taken fever")

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