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October 2017

A poem for October

Siegfried Sassoon

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.

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