The Human Seasons

Original Text: 
Leigh Hunt, The Literary Pocket-Book: or, Companion for the Lover of Nature and Art (London: C. & J. Ollier, 1818-22). 5 vols. AY L584 MICR mfm
2     There are four seasons in the mind of man:
3He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
4     Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
5He has his Summer, when luxuriously
6     Spring's honied cud of youthful thought he loves
8     Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves
9His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
10     He furleth close; contented so to look
11On mists in idleness--to let fair things
12     Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.
13He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
14Or else he would forego his mortal nature.


1] An early version of this poem was included in a letter of March 13, 1818. Back to Line
7] high/Is. This is an editorial emendation which first appeared in Life, Letters etc., 1848. The first published form reads "nigh His." Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
J. R. MacGillivray
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