Wistful for Autumn Splendor

Autumn leaves“I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.  So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
–  Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
–   George Eliot

“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly
changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.”
–   Henry Beston, Northern Farm

“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”
–  P. D. James

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
–   Stanley Horowitz

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”~ Albert Camus

“The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you
like the leaves of Autumn.”
–   John Muir

“There is a harmony In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!”
–   Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Ho! for the leaves that eddy down,
Crumpled yellow and withered brown,
Hither and yonder and up the street
And trampled under the passing feet;
Swirling, billowing, drifting by,
With a whisper soft and a rustling sigh,
Starting aloft to windy ways,
Telling the coming of bonfire days.”
–   Grace Strickler Dawson, Bonfire Days

“In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfies
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
the grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer
Fires in the fall!

–   Robert Louis Stevenson, Autumn Fires

“falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly”
–   John Bailey, Autumn Haiku

“Autumn – the reprieve from Summer.”
–  Mike Garofalo,
Pulling Onions

“The Sussex lanes were very lovely in the autumn … spendthrift gold and glory of the year-end … earth scents and the sky winds and all the magic of the countryside which is ordained for the healing of the soul.”

~Monica Baldwin, I Leap over the Wall

In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care

fall picture at pumpkin patch

and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb color effects as from August to November.
Rose G. Kingsley
The Autumn Garden.

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant

*There’s nowhere more lovely than the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains in the autumn. God’s country. ~ Beth Trissel~

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