by Alfred Austin (1835 - 1913)

When acorns fall
Language: English 
When acorns fall and swallows troop for flight,
And hope matured slow mellows to regret,
And Autumn, pressed by Winter for his debt,
Drops leaf on leaf till she be beggared quite;

Should then the crescent moon's unselfish light
Gleam up the sky, just as the sun doth set,
Her brightening gaze, though day and dark have met,
Prolongs the gloaming and retards the night.

So, fair young life, new risen upon mine
Just as it owns the edict of decay
And Fancy's fires should pale and pass away,

My menaced glory takes a glow from thine,
And, in the deepening sundown of my day,
Thou with thy dawn delayest my decline.


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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Wenn Eicheln fallen", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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This text was added to the website: 2013-11-04
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Word count: 112