When reeds are dead and straw to thatch the marshes, And feathered pampas-grass rides into the wind Like Agèd warriors westward, tragic, thinned Of half their tribe; an over the flattened rushes, Stripped of its secret, open, stark and bleak, Blackens afar the half-forgotten creek, -- Then leans on me the weight of the year, and crushes My heart. I know that beauty must ail and die, And will be born again, --but ah, to see Beauty stiffened, staring up at the sky! Oh, Autumn! Autumn! --What is the Spring to me?
- by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950), "The death of Autumn", appears in Second April, first published 1921 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Harrison Kerr (1897 - 1978), "The death of Autumn", published 1975 [soprano and piano], from Three Songs [text not verified]
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