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Enchanted Tulips and Other Verses for Children. Keary, M. (Maud).
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page: 14

AUTUMN LEAVES

  • SWEEP the leaves together,
  • Yellow, brown and red,
  • Let us make a bonfire
  • Now that they are dead.
  • Chestnut leaves and beech leaves,
  • Ash and lime and oak,
  • Fir‐cones and pine needles
  • Kindle into smoke.
  • Leaves that all the summer
  • Gave us cool and shade—
  • What will be left of them
  • When our bonfire’s made?
  • Only death‐like ashes,
  • But from this same dust
  • Suns one day will fashion
  • Life anew, we trust.
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