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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
James Russell Lowell. 1819–1891
 
132. Palinode
 
Autumn
 
STILL thirteen years: 't is autumn now 
  On field and hill, in heart and brain; 
The naked trees at evening sough; 
The leaf to the forsaken bough 
  Sighs not,—"Auf wiedersehen!"         5
  
Two watched yon oriole's pendent dome, 
  That now is void, and dank with rain, 
And one,—O, hope more frail than foam! 
The bird to his deserted home 
  Sings not,—"Auf wiedersehen!"  10
  
The loath gate swings with rusty creak; 
  Once, parting there, we played at pain; 
There came a parting, when the weak 
And fading lips essayed to speak 
  Vainly,—"Auf wiedersehen!"  15
  
Somewhere is comfort, somewhere faith, 
  Though thou in outer dark remain; 
One sweet sad voice ennobles death, 
And still, for eighteen centuries saith 
  Softly,—"Auf wiedersehen!"  20
  
If earth another grave must bear, 
  Yet heaven hath won a sweeter strain, 
And something whispers my despair, 
That, from an orient chamber there, 
  Floats down,—"Auf wiedersehen!"  25
 
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