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Spring was too swift and fleeting to record ,
Summer’s brave pageant all unwritten passed :
Now , when rich harvests should be timely stored ,
I strive to gather rosebuds while they last .
Rosebuds may linger till the first sharp frost ,
But droop they must , and droop with them must I :
An empty granary, a garland lost —
How shall I live while winter storms are high ?
Winter I may defy , for thou art mine ,
Spring is a portrait palely drawn from thee ,
Summer but borrows graces that are thine ,
The gifts of autumn but thy tributes be .
Fall leaves , come snow : while thou art mine I sing
Brave summer, sweet and everlasting spring .
21st Oct. 1951, dated on outer page