The golden days! the golden days!
Warm with sunshine and dreamy with haze;
Warm with the sunshine and cool with the breeze!
Like troops of tropical butterflies
Clouds of leaves from the gorgeous trees
Flutter and fall,
And cover the earth with splendid dyes
Matching the marvels of sunset skies.
—Harriet McEwen Kimball (1834–1917),
“In Autumn,” c.1864
The door-yard trees put on their autumn bloom,
Purple and gold and crimson rich and strong,
That stain the light, and give my lonesome room
An atmosphere of sunset all day long.
—Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen (1832–1911),
Charles Burchfield painting in His Studio, 1966, (October Wind and Sunlight in the Woods)