The summer tresses of the trees are gone,
The woods of autumn, all around our vale,
Have put their glory on.
In their wide sweep, the colored landscape round,
Seem groups of giant kings, in purple and gold,
That guard the enchanted ground.
Forever in thy colored shades to stray;
Amid the kisses of the soft southwest
To rove and dream for aye;
That makes men mad; the tug for wealth and power,
The passions and the cares that wither life,
And waste its little hour.
My Father, may I have an appreciation of the wonderful creations of the earth. Give me a discriminating eye, that I may know the precious things that thou art growing; and throughout my life may I love the beautiful, and choose that which will make my life worthy of growth. Amen.