Autumn Song – Dante Alighieri

Still on the theme of Autumn, this poem is called Autumn Song written by Dante Alighieri. Dante was a major Italian poet from the Middle Ages and as well as a poet was a writer, moral philosopher and political thinker. He was best known for his epic poem The Divine Comedy. You can read his biography here:  http://www.biography.com/people/dante-9265912

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Autumn Song – Dante Alighieri

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?

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