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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
IV. October
By Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
 
THE PASSIONATE summer ’s dead!—the sky ’s aglow
  With roseate flushes of matured desire,
  The winds at eve are musical, and low
  As sweeping chords of a lamenting lyre,
Far up among the pillared clouds of fire,        5
  Whose pomp of strange procession upwards rolls
  With gorgeous blazonry of pictured scrolls,
  To celebrate the summer’s past renown;
Ah me! How regally the heavens look down
  O’ershadowing beautiful autumnal woods,        10
  And harvest-fields with hoarded increase brown,
And deep-toned majesty of golden floods,
  That lift their solemn dirges to the sky,
  To swell the purple pomp that floateth by.
 
 
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