Featured Poem: Autumn Song by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

As yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox, it’s fair to say that Autumn is officially here. Already the days are getting noticeably shorter, the weather chillier and seasonal colds are making their way around TRO HQ (although it’s suddenly got a lot warmer today!). However we can cheer ourselves up this Monday morning with a rather lovely Autumnal poem from poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who certainly paints a vivid picture of the season in this verse.

Autumn Song

Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

And how the swift beat of the brain
Falters because it is in vain,
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf
Knowest thou not? and how the chief
Of joys seems—not to suffer pain?

Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the soul feels like a dried sheaf
Bound up at length for harvesting,
And how death seems a comely thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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