Autumn Song

Original Text: 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Poetical Works, ed. William M. Rossetti (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1886). PR 5241 R67 1886 ROBA.
2How the heart feels a languid grief
3      Laid on it for a covering,
4      And how sleep seems a goodly thing
5In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?
6And how the swift beat of the brain
7Falters because it is in vain,
8      In Autumn at the fall of the leaf
9      Knowest thou not? and how the chief
10Of joys seems--not to suffer pain?
11Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
12How the soul feels like a dried sheaf
13      Bound up at length for harvesting,
14      And how death seems a comely thing
15In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?


1] This lyric, in form a variation of the rondeau, was first entitled "The Fall of the Leaf." William Michael Rossetti notes that it was set to music by Edward Dannreuther and published as a song in 1883. It did not appear in any volume of Rossetti's works during his lifetime. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RPO Edition: 
3RP 3.269.