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Martha by Oliver Wendell Holmes

My Aviary by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Poem (Halleck monument dedication) by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sun and Shadow by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Boys by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The Dorchester Giant by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Flaaneur by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Last Leaf Part 1 by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The Old Man Dreams by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Opening of the Piano by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Organ-Blower by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The September Gale by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Silent Melody by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Two Streams by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Voiceless by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Under the Violets by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Union and Liberty by Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

 

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The September Gale by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I'M not a chicken; I have seen
Full many a chill September,
And though I was a youngster then,
That gale I well remember;
The day before, my kite-string snapped,
And I, my kite pursuing,
The wind whisked off my palm-leaf hat;
For me two storms were brewing!

It came as quarrels sometimes do,
When married folks get clashing;
There was a heavy sigh or two,
Before the fire was flashing,
A little stir among the clouds,
Before they rent asunder,--
A little rocking of the trees,
And then came on the thunder.

Lord! how the ponds and rivers boiled!
They seemed like bursting craters!
And oaks lay scattered on the ground
As if they were p'taters
And all above was in a howl,
And all below a clatter,
The earth was like a frying-pan,
Or some such hissing matter.

It chanced to be our washing-day,
And all our things were drying;
The storm came roaring through the lines,
And set them all a flying;
I saw the shirts and petticoats
Go riding off like witches;
I lost, ah! bitterly I wept,--
I lost my Sunday breeches!

I saw them straddling through the air,
Alas! too late to win them;
I saw them chase the clouds, as if
The devil had been in them;
They were my darlings and my pride,
My boyhood's only riches,--
'Farewell, farewell,' I faintly cried,--
'My breeches! O my breeches!'

That night I saw them in my dreams,
How changed from what I knew them!
The dews had steeped their faded threads,
The winds had whistled through them!
I saw the wide and ghastly rents
Where demon claws had torn them;
A hole was in their amplest part,
As if an imp had worn them.

I have had many happy years,
And tailors kind and clever,
But those young pantaloons have gone
Forever and forever!
And not till fate has cut the last
Of all my earthly stitches,
This aching heart shall cease to mourn
My loved, my long-lost breeches!