Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Aftermath

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.






When the summer fields are mown,
  When the birds are fledged and flown,
  And the dry leaves strew the path;
  With the falling of the snow,
  With the cawing of the crow,
  Once again the fields we mow
  And gather in the aftermath.
  Not the sweet, new grass with flowers
  Is this harvesting of ours;
  Not the upland clover bloom;
  But the rowen mixed with weeds,
  Tangled tufts from marsh and meads,
  Where the poppy drops its seeds
  In the silence and the gloom.

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