October’s Party

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came–
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”

~George Cooper, 1840-1927

“October’s Party” is a featured selection from Cottage Press Language Lessons and Language Arts. “October’s Party” is introduced in Primer Two Autumn, and revisited again in Bards & Poets for more advanced study and scansion.

Autumn Tree Tops by Winslow Homer, 1873

 

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