As I shared in an earlier post, memorizing poetry is a big part of my life. When I was a young mom, I discovered that reciting rhymes was a helpful parenting tool. This poem was a favourite of my children, especially my youngest who asked me to recite it often, no matter the season.
This melodious poem can be easily imagined as a song, as I believe the writer intended. George Cooper was an American poet who lived from 1838 to 1927. Many of his poems were set to music by Stephen Foster (1826-1864). I hope you enjoy this timeless poem, enjoyable all year long, but especially during the season of fall.
The Wind and The Leaves
“Come, little leaves,” said the wind one day,
“Come o’er the meadows with me and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold,
For summer is gone and the days grow cold.”
Soon as the leaves heard the wind’s loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all;
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
singing the glad little songs they knew.
“Cricket, goodbye, we’ve been friends so long;
Little brook, sing us your farewell song;
Say you are sorry to see us go;
Ah, you will miss us, right well we know.
“Dear little lamb, in your fleecy fold,
Mother will keep you from harm and cold;
Fondly we watched you in vale and glade;
Say, will you dream of our loving shade?”
Dancing and whirling, the little leaves went;
Winter had called them, and they were content;
Soon, fast asleep in their earthy beds,
The snow laid a coverlet over their heads.