Last Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

THE LANTERNS OF ST. EULALIE


 

IN the October afternoon
Orange and purple and maroon,

Goes quiet Autumn, lamp in hand,
About the apple-coloured land,

To light in every apple-tree

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The Lanterns of St. Eulalie.

They glimmer in the orchard shade
Like fiery opals set in jade,—

Crimson and russet and raw gold,
Yellow and green and scarlet old.

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And O when I am far away
By foaming reel or azure bay,

In crowded street or hot lagoon,
Or under the strange austral moon,—

When the homesickness comes on me

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For the great Marshes by the sea,

The running dikes, the brimming tide,
And the dark firs on Fundy side,

In dream once more I shall behold,
Like signal lights, those globes of gold

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Hung out in every apple-tree—
The Lanterns of St. Eulalie.