Monday, October 02, 2006

Monday's fall quote


Photo: Chinese lantern plant taken in our cottage garden.


Autumn

Thou comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,

With banners, by great gales incessant fanned,
Brighter than brightest silks of Samarcand,
And stately oxen harnessed to thy wain!

Thou standest, like imperial Charlemagne,
Upon thy bridge of gold; thy royal hand
Outstretched with benedictions o'er the land,
Blessing the farms through all thy vast domain!

Thy shield is the red harvest moon, suspended
So long beneath the heaven's o'er-hanging eaves;
Thy steps are by the farmer's prayers attended;
Like flames upon an altar shine the sheaves;
And, following thee, in thy ovation splendid,
Thine almoner, the wind, scatters the golden leaves!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2 comments:

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing such a lovely poem and a lovely photo. Don't you just love Chinese lanterns?

Tanya said...

Wow that is gorgeous!