Madison Julius Cawein

(1865-1914 / the United States)

By The Annisquam - Poem by Madison Julius Cawein

A Far bell tinkles in the hollow,
And heart and soul are fain to follow:
Gone is the rose and gone the swallow:
Autumn is here.

The wild geese draw at dusk their harrow
Above the 'Squam the ebb leaves narrow:
The sea-winds chill you to the marrow:
Sad goes the year.

Among the woods the crows are calling:
The acorns and the leaves are falling:
At sea the fishing-boats are trawling:
Autumn is here.

The jay among the rocks is screaming,
And every way with crimson streaming:
Far up the shore the foam is creaming:
Sleep fills the Year.

The chipmunk on the stones is barking;
The red leaf every path is marking,
Where hills lean to the ocean harking:
Autumn is here.

The fields are starry with the aster,
Where Beauty dreams and dim Disaster
Draws near through mists that gather faster:
Farewell, sweet Year.

Beside the coves driftwood is burning,
And far at sea white sails are turning:
Each day seems filled with deeper yearning:
Autumn is here.

'Good-bye! good-bye!' the Summer's saying:
'Brief was my day as songs of Maying:
The time is come for psalms and praying:
Good-bye, sweet Year.'

Brown bend the ferns by rock and boulder;
The shore seems greyer; ocean older:
The days are misty; nights are colder:
Autumn is here.

The cricket in the grass is crying,
And sad winds in the old woods sighing;
They seem to say, 'Sweet Summer's dying:
Weep for the Year.

'She's wreathed her hair with bay and berry,
And o'er dark pools, the wild-fowl ferry,
Leans dreaming 'neath the wilding cherry:
Autumn is here.

'Good-bye! good-bye to Summer's gladness:
To all her beauty, mirth and madness:
Come sit with us and dream in sadness:
So ends the Year.'


Comments about By The Annisquam by Madison Julius Cawein

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (1/22/2016 7:22:00 PM)

    Beauty, beauty, beauty everywhere! ! ! The rhyming so evocative of the Master Poet Poe, the sights and sounds of a fall day captured in every verse. Love this poet, must read more and more and more! ! ! !
    - - - - A Far bell tinkles in the hollow,
    And heart and soul are fain to follow:
    Gone is the rose and gone the swallow:
    Autumn is here. (Report) Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/22/2016 6:32:00 AM)

    .....a wonderful nature poem...i enjoyed each stanza ★ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012



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