BETA

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November.

Sic Transit.

The wild north wind is wailing o’er heath, and moor,
and brae,
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O’er the hill-side, o’er the hollows, its echoes die away ;2
The Storm-king shakes the forest, scatters red leaves
o’er the lea,
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Lashes into foam the rivers, into frenzy chafes the sea.4
The white owl plains his dirges to the ivy-mantled
tower,
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The golden bee is dreaming at home of honeyed flower ;6
The velvet-coated squirrel is wrapped in slumber deep,7
Within their winter cloister the brown-eyed dormice
sleep.
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The thick mist in the gloaming veils wood, and dale,
and plain,
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Silver rising from the river settling on the firs again ;10
Chrysanthemums are blooming in crimson and in gold,11
Last ihe of autumn’s beauty : thus is Time’s story
told !
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On Nature, all-exhausted, with her teeming harvest
deeds,
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When she garnered to her bosom the fruits of spring-
tide seeds ;
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When she clasped her red-gold treasures exultant to
her breast,
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Falls repose—her well-earned guerdon. Falls a glorious
trance of rest !
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