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A Calendar of Sonnets: October

 The month of carnival of all the year, 
When Nature lets the wild earth go its way, 
And spend whole seasons on a single day.
The spring-time holds her white and purple dear; October, lavish, flaunts them far and near; The summer charily her reds doth lay Like jewels on her costliest array; October, scornful, burns them on a bier.
The winter hoards his pearls of frost in sign Of kingdom: whiter pearls than winter knew, Oar empress wore, in Egypt's ancient line, October, feasting 'neath her dome of blue, Drinks at a single draught, slow filtered through Sunshiny air, as in a tingling wine!

by Helen Hunt Jackson
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