Welcome to you rich Autumn days, Ere comes the cold, leaf-picking wind; When golden stocks are seen in fields, All standing arm-in-arm entwined; And gallons of sweet cider seen On trees in apples red and green. With mellow pears that cheat our teeth, Which melt that [tongues]1 may suck them in; With [blue-black damsons, yellow]2 plums, Now sweet and soft from stone to skin; And woodnuts rich, to make us go Into the loneliest lanes we know.
1 Berkeley: "tongue"
2 Berkeley: "cherries red and blue-black"
- by William Henry Davies (1871 - 1940), "Rich days", appears in The Bird of Paradise and Other Poems, first published 1914 [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 Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley, Sir (1903 - 1989), "Rich days", op. 58 no. 6 (1962), published 1963 [high voice and piano], from Autumn's Legacy, no. 6. [text verified 1 time]
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