Thou comest, Autumn, her­ald­ed by the rain,
With ban­ners, by great gales inces­sant fanned,
Brighter than bright­est silks of Samar­cand,
And state­ly oxen har­nessed to thy wain!
Thou stand­est, like impe­r­i­al Charle­magne,
Upon thy bridge of gold; thy roy­al hand
Out­stretched with bene­dic­tions o’er the land,
Bless­ing the farms through all thy vast domain!
Thy shield is the red har­vest moon, sus­pend­ed
So long beneath the heav­en’s o’er-hang­ing eaves;
Thy steps are by the farmer’s prayers attend­ed;
Like flames upon an altar shine the sheaves;
And, fol­low­ing thee, in thy ova­tion splen­did,
Thine almoner, the wind, scat­ters the gold­en leaves!

~ Hen­ry Wadsworth Longfel­low

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

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