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The Death Of The Flowers - Poem by William Cullen Bryant

The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year,
Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sere.
Heaped in the hollows of the grove, the autumn leaves lie dead;
They rustle to the eddying gust, and to the rabbit's tread;
The robin and the wren are flown, and from the shrubs the jay,
And from the wood-top calls the crow through all the gloomy day.

Where are the flowers, the fair young flowers, that lately sprang and stood
In brighter light and softer airs, a beauteous sisterhood?
Alas! they all are in their graves, the gentle race of flowers
Are lying in their lowly beds, with the fair and good of ours.
The rain is falling where they lie, but the cold November rain
Calls not from out the gloomy earth the lovely ones again.

The wind-flower and the violet, they perished long ago,
And the brier-rose and the orchis died amid the summer glow;
But on the hills the golden-rod, and the aster in the wood,
And the yellow sun-flower by the brook in autumn beauty stood,
Till fell the frost from the clear cold heaven, as falls the plague on men,
And the brightness of their smile was gone, from upland, glade, and glen.

And now, when comes the calm mild day, as still such days will come,
To call the squirrel and the bee from out their winter home;
When the sound of dropping nuts is heard, though all the trees are still,
And twinkle in the smoky light the waters of the rill,
The south wind searches for the flowers whose fragrance late he bore,
And sighs to find them in the wood and by the stream no more.

And then I think of one who in her youthful beauty died,
The fair meek blossom that grew up and faded by my side.
In the cold moist earth we laid her, when the forests cast the leaf,
And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief:
Yet not unmeet it was that one, like that young friend of ours,
So gentle and so beautiful, should perish with the flowers.

Comments about The Death Of The Flowers by William Cullen Bryant

  • Rookie Viking Thrice (12/31/2013 11:19:00 PM)

    My quotation marks around the passage cited in the second sentence and around the other poem cited were both deleted, for some reason. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Viking Thrice (12/31/2013 11:15:00 PM)

    The most beautiful elegy I've ever read. The one who in her youthful beauty died was Bryant's little sister, apparently succumbing in the autumn. There's another poem of his entitled Consumption, which we now call tuberculosis. I wonder if that was also intended for her? (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 51. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  2. 52. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  3. 53. On The Death Of A Youn Gentleman , Phillis Wheatley
  4. 54. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  5. 55. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  6. 56. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  7. 57. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  8. 58. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  9. 59. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  10. 60. The Morning That Death Was Killed , Steve Turner
  11. 61. Death Snips Proud Men , Carl Sandburg
  12. 62. Sonnet 66: Tired With All These, For Res.. , William Shakespeare
  13. 63. A Baby's Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  14. 64. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  15. 65. Passing On (Death Death Death Death De.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  16. 66. Death The Leveller , James Shirley
  17. 67. The Death Of Santa Claus , Charles Harper Webb
  18. 68. Death Of A Poet , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  19. 69. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low , Walter Savage Landor
  20. 70. Death Sets A Thing Of Signigicant , Emily Dickinson
  21. 71. O Death, O Death, Rock Me Asleep , Anonymous
  22. 72. The Death Of Autumn , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  23. 73. Death Is Potential To That Man , Emily Dickinson
  24. 74. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  25. 75. Apparent Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  26. 76. A Death - Scene , Emily Jane Brontë
  27. 77. Sonnet On The Death Of Mr Richard West , Thomas Gray
  28. 78. On The Death Of Dr. Samuel Marshall , Phillis Wheatley
  29. 79. The Death And Last Confession Of Wanderi.. , Hilaire Belloc
  30. 80. Death, That Struck When I Was Most Confi.. , Emily Jane Brontë
  31. 81. Enemy Of Death , Salvatore Quasimodo
  32. 82. Bereavement In Their Death To Feel , Emily Dickinson
  33. 83. On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Prac.. , Samuel Johnson
  34. 84. Her Death And After , Thomas Hardy
  35. 85. Extempore Effusion Upon The Death Of Jam.. , William Wordsworth
  36. 86. Whispers Of Heavenly Death , Walt Whitman
  37. 87. It Was Not Death, For I Stood Up, , Emily Dickinson
  38. 88. The Death-Bed , Siegfried Sassoon
  39. 89. On The Death Of A Fair Infant Dying Of A.. , John Milton
  40. 90. Death Of A Believer , Rudyard Kipling
  41. 91. Death , Yaseen Anwer
  42. 92. Love And Death , Sara Teasdale
  43. 93. Death , Thomas Hood
  44. 94. Death , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  45. 95. In Memoriam 82: I Wage Not Any Feud With.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  46. 96. To A Clergyman On The Death Of His Lady , Phillis Wheatley
  47. 97. For Death—or Rather , Emily Dickinson
  48. 98. On The Death Of J.C. An Infant , Phillis Wheatley
  49. 99. A Death Song , William Morris
  50. 100. Elegy Before Death , Edna St. Vincent Millay
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