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Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

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OCT. 6, 2017

    October's Bright Blue Weather

    O SUNS and skies and clouds of June,

        And flowers of June together,

    Ye cannot rival for one hour

        October's bright blue weather;


    When loud the bumble-bee makes haste,

        Belated, thriftless vagrant,

    And Golden-Rod is dying fast,

        And lanes with grapes are fragrant;


    When Gentians roll their fringes tight

        To save them for the morning,

    And chestnuts fall from satin burrs

        Without a sound of warning;


    When on the ground red apples lie

        In piles like jewels shining,

    And redder still on old stone walls

        Are leaves of woodbine twining;


    When all the lovely wayside things

        Their white-winged seeds are sowing,

    And in the fields, still green and fair,

        Late aftermaths are growing;


    When springs run low, and on the brooks,

        In idle golden freighting,

    Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush

        Of woods, for winter waiting;

    When comrades seek sweet country haunts,

        By twos and twos together,

    And count like misers, hour by hour,


        October's bright blue weather.

    O suns and skies and flowers of June,

        Count all your boasts together,

    Love loveth best of all the year


        October's bright blue weather.