(1797 - 1884 / Northampton, North Carolina)

Departing Summer

When auburn Autumn mounts the stage,
And Summer fails her charms to yield,
Bleak nature turns another page,
To light the glories of the field.

At once the vale declines to bloom,
The forest smiles no longer gay;
Gardens are left without perfume,
The rose and lilly pine away.

The orchard bows her fruitless head,
As one divested of her store;
Or like a queen whose train has fled,
And left her sad to smile no more.

That bird which breath'd her vernal song,
And hopp'd along the flow'ry spray,
Now silent holds her warbling tongue,
Which dulcifies the feast of May.

But let each bitter have its sweet,
No change of nature is in vain;
'Tis just alternate cold and heat,
For time is pleasure mix'd with pain.

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Pretty much the same theme as that of my poem - Ending for a Beginning. Paraphrasing nature's events beautifully, weaving in to a wonderful rhythm. No change of nature is in vain; most certainly yes. Thank you George, for the wonderful poem.
'When auburn Autumn mounts the stage, And Summer fails her charms to yield, Bleak nature turns another page, To light the glories of the field. At once the vale declines to bloom, The forest smiles no longer gay; Gardens are left without perfume, The rose and lilly pine away.' especially enjoyed the first two stanzas, will have to return to this poet to appreciate more :)
Time is pleasure mix'd with pain. Life as seen with the lenses of seasons. Beautiful
I like the poem's last stanza: But let each bitter have its sweet, No change of nature is in vain; 'Tis just alternate cold and heat, For time is pleasure mix'd with pain.
For time is pleasure mix'd with pain' That's so true! What a poem and what a man! May he rest in peace!
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