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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. “’T is Autumn, and my steps have led me far”
By John Howard Bryant (1807–1902)
’T IS Autumn, and my steps have led me far
  To a wild hill, that overlooks a land
Wide-spread and beautiful. A single star
  Sparkles new-set in heaven. O’er its bright sand
The streamlet slides with mellow tones away.        5
The west is crimson with retiring day;
And the north gleams with its own native light.
  Below, in autumn green, the meadows lie,
  And through green banks the river wanders by,
And the wide woods with autumn hues are bright,—        10
Bright, but of fading brightness!—soon is past
  That dreamlike glory of the painted wood:
And pitiless decay o’ertakes, as fast,
  The pride of men, the beauteous, great, and good.

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