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Poem 7: Autumn: a Dirge

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Vincent van Gogh - Autumn (1885)

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Posthumous Poems (1824, d2) 
composed 1820 (28)

The warm sun is falling, the bleak wind is wailing,
The bare boughs are sighing, the pale flowers are dying,

    And the Year,

On the earth her death-bed, in a shroud of leaves dead,

    Is lying.
    Come, Months, come away,
    From November to May,
    In your saddest array;
    Follow the bier
    Of the dead cold Year,

And like dim shadows watch by her sepulchre.

The chill rain is falling, the nipped worm is crawling,
The rivers are swelling, the thunder is knelling

    For the Year;

The blithe swallows are flown, and the lizards each gone

    To his dwelling.
    Come, Months, come away;
    Put on white, black and gray;
    Let your light sisters play-
    Ye, follow the bier
    Of the dead cold Year,

And make her grave green with tear on tear.



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