Autumn’s Decay

The Autumn~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

AutumnGo, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them —
The summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.

How there you sat in summer-time,
May yet be in your mind;
And how you heard the green woods sing
Beneath the freshening wind.
Though the same wind now blows around,
You would its blast recall;
For every breath that stirs the trees,
Doth cause a leaf to fall.

Oh! like that wind, is all the mirth
That flesh and dust impart:
We cannot bear its visitings,
When change is on the heart.
Gay words and jests may make us smile,
When Sorrow is asleep;
But other things must make us smile,
When Sorrow bids us weep!

Autumn's Decay

The dearest hands that clasp our hands, —
Their presence may be o’er;
The dearest voice that meets our ear,
That tone may come no more!
Youth fades; and then, the joys of youth,
Which once refresh’d our mind,
Shall come — as, on those sighing woods,
The chilling autumn wind.

Hear not the wind — view not the woods;
Look out o’er vale and hill —
In spring, the sky encircled them —
The sky is round them still.
Come autumn’s scathe — come winter’s cold —
Come change — and human fate!
Whatever prospect Heaven doth bound,
Can ne’er be desolate.

Petals: Tableau Vivant, Breaking Apart
Hat: *Lode*, Bittersweet
Dress: Maitreya, Hera **Designers United**

11 thoughts on “Autumn’s Decay

  1. Stunning! You know, there are but a handful of SL designers that create sublime fashion art pieces and even fewer SL photographers that create absolute works of art with their eye, but there is only ONE person that has the inimitable talent, taste and style to bring these art forms together with the soul of a poet and create her own layered masterpiece; infused with her charm, compassion, strength of character and force of spirit. Bravo most lovely Cao…bravo. ❤ ❤
    ~Madame X~ 😛
    I am always swept away by the breathless emotion and truth in the work of EBB. What a life…what a love…what a woman.

    1. *blushes* Thank you Xiu! I know you must be talking of someone else! 😀 😀 I was out all weekend but wanted to let you know I checked out both poses this AM and absolutely LOVE them and cant wait to use them. Is there absolutely any talent you do NOT have in SL? Amazing my beautyful sweet Madame X! ❤

      1. I can’t create clothes or fabulous jewels dammit! *stomps my tiny pixel foot* Glad you like the poses and will work on the ones on your Pinterest wish list. I love trying to make action, dance or avant garde ones…inspired by Bob Fosse, Martha Graham, Pina Bausch and Margot Fonteyn. When you’re in the mood for a quirky one…just ping me and I will be happy to do it for you. You officially have your own custom pose stalker…err artist. ❤ ❤

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