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Poem by John Payne


THE tale of wake is told; the stage is bare,
The curtain falls upon the ended play;
November's fogs arise, to hide away
The withered wrack* of that which was so fair:     [ruin]
Summer is gone to be with things that were.
The sun is fallen from his ancient sway;
The night primaeval trenches* on the day:     [encroaches] upon
Without, the Winter waits upon the stair.
Stern herald of the wintry wrath to come,
The mist-month treads upon October's feet,
Muting the small birds' songs, the insects' hum,
And all involving in its winding-sheet,
'Graves on the frontal of the failing year,
"All hope abandon, ye who enter here!"

John Payne

Poem Theme: Autumn

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

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John Clare November ("The landscape sleeps in mist from morn till noon")
  • Hartley Coleridge November ("THE mellow year is hasting to its close")
  • Robert Binyon November ("Together we laughed and talked in the warm--lit room")
  • William Cartwright November ("Thou Sun that shed'st the Dayes, looke downe and see")
  • William Bryant November ("Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun!")
  • Sara Teasdale November ("The world is tired, the year is old")
  • Frederick Tuckerman November ("Oh! who is there of us that has not felt")
  • Duncan Scott November ("Above the lifeless pools the mist films swim")

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