Across the land a faint blue veil of mist Seems hung; the woods wear yet arrayment sober Till frost shall make them flame; silent and whist The drooping cherry orchards of October Like mournful pennons hang their shrivelling leaves Russet and orange: all things now decay; Long since ye garnered in your autumn sheaves, And sad the robins pipe at set of day. Now do ye dream of Spring when greening shaws Confer with the shrewd breezes, and of slopes Flower-kirtled, and of April, virgin guest; Days that ye love, despite their windy flaws, Since they are woven with all joys and hopes Whereof ye nevermore shall be possessed.
- by Siegfried Lorraine Sassoon (1886 - 1967), "October", appears in The Old Huntsman and Other Poems, first published 1918 [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 Howard Morgan (b. 1945), "October", published 1968 [soprano or tenor and piano], from Five Lyric Poems [text not verified]
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