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 earthly beds,
The snow laid a soft mantle over their heads.
From Child’s Calendar Beautiful, compiled by Rebecca Katharine Beeson
First Year, October
The orange, italicized verses (verses 3 and 4) were not included in the book, but came from this online site.
While researching the poem online, I found this lovely blog post about it over at sugarfused. Take a few moments to read the comments and see how many people remember their aunts, grandmothers, and great grandparents reciting this poem to them. It’s very touching to see how much it means to people to share memorized poetry with their loved ones. Are you including poetry memorization in your homeschool? I hope so.
This one is also a song- you can hear the midi file at this site.
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