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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
September, 1889
By Louise Brooks
SUMMER is passing. Lo! the first sure mark,
The golden lines September comes to trace
Across the shortening day with shining grace—
The upland yonder that erewhile was dark
Shows gleaming russet now. The elms o’ the park        5
Hang yellow fringes. Darting shadows chase
Along the lawn, or tremble and enlace
On groundwork glistening with a golden spark.
Pale yellow butterflies float in the air,
In mazy dances up and down they fly,        10
For Summer’s parting gifts to Autumn they
Bear lightly, touching here and resting there—
September’s robes are flushed with golden dye,
And magic mists enwrap each shortening day.

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