Friday, October 5, 2012

Photo Friday: Fall leaves in Holland & an old poem.

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"Fall Leaves in Holland "
Utrecht, Netherlands ~ October, 2012
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.

"Come, little leaves," 
Said the wind one day,
"Come over the meadows 
With me, and play;
Put on your dresses 
Of red and gold;
Summer is gone, 
And the days grow cold."

Verse  from a 19th c.  American children's song, "Come Little Leaves". 
Poem/lyrics by American poet George Cooper (1838-1927).
Music by Thomas J. Crawford.


While I was walking along the streets of my neighborhood here in Holland, I took some pics of the leaves along the sidewalks. I love October when the streets and yards are filled with beautiful piles of autumn leaves, sometimes swirling in the wind ; they remind me of the old children's song.

 Here's the lovely little poem in full :

Come Little Leaves
by George Cooper


"Come, little leaves," said the wind one day,
"Come over the meadows with me, and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
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 soft little songs they knew.

"Cricket, good-bye, we've been friends so long;
Little brook, sing us your farewell song-
Say you're sorry to see us go;
Ah! you are sorry, right well we know."

"Dear little lambs, in your fleecy fold,
Mother will keep you from harm and cold;
Fondly we've 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 soft mantle over their heads.

:o)



tot ziens,
Judy
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