Learn More

Samuel Johnson

(1709 - 1784 / Lichfield / England)

Autumn


Alas! with swift and silent pace,
Impatient time rolls on the year;
The Seasons change, and Nature's face
Now sweetly smiles, now frowns severe.

'Twas Spring, 'twas Summer, all was gay,
Now Autumn bends a cloudy brow;
The flowers of Spring are swept away,
And Summer fruits desert the bough.

The verdant leaves that play'd on high,
And wanton'd on the western breeze,
Now trod in dust neglected lie,
As Boreas strips the bending trees.

The fields that waved with golden grain,
As russet heaths are wild and bare;
Not moist with dew, but drench'd in rain,
Nor health nor pleasure wanders there.

No more, while through the midnight shade
Beneath the moon's pale orb I stray,
Soft pleasing woes my heart invade,
As Progne pours the melting lay.

From this capricious clime she soars,
O! would some god but wings supply!
To where each morn the Spring restores,
Companion of her flight I'd try.

Vain wish! me fate compels to bear
The downward season's iron reign,
Compels to breathe the polluted air,
And shiver on a blasted plain.

What bliss to life can Autumn yield,
If glooms, and showers,and storms prevail;
And Ceres flies the naked field,
And flowers and fruits, and Phoebus fail.

Oh! what remains, what lingers yet,
To cheer me in the darkening hour!
The grape remains! the friend of wit,
In love, and mirth, of mighty power.

Haste - press the clusters, fill the bowl;
Apollo! shoot thy parting ray:
This gives the sunshine of the soul,
This god of health, and verse, and day.

Still - still the jocund train shall flow,
The pulse with vigorous rapture beat;
My Stella with new charms shall glow,
And every bliss in wine shall meet.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Autumn by Samuel Johnson )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  2. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  3. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. I Am the Only Being Whose Doom, Emily Jane Brontë
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland
  8. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  9. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  10. A Little While, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Jane Brontë

I am the only being whose doom
No tongue would ask no eye would mourn
I never caused a thought of gloom
A smile of joy since I was born

In secret pleasure - secret tears
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Let us go, Mario,Lucien,Rene Odekerken
  2. ~Hell On Earth Is Art In Heaven~, E Nigma
  3. BABIES LOVE, Christina Sunrise
  4. ANGER STEMS FROM PAIN, Christina Sunrise
  5. ACTION IS WHERE IT STARTS, Christina Sunrise
  6. Night terrors, Ryan Brodesser
  7. River Ran Red, Kim Barney
  8. KRIG, Gunnar Mo.
  9. Sink the Dream Boat, Babbling Brookes
  10. AFFIRMATIONS, Christina Sunrise
[Hata Bildir]