Autumnal Equinox

“Sorrow and Joy that interweave
The raven with the golden locks,
Fall brings to them who smile and grieve—
The soul’s Autumnal Equinox.”

George Shepard Burleigh, “The Autumnal Equinox” (1849)

“The beauty of autumn is accompanied with a familiar exercise of thought . . . . Who is there who, at this season, does not feel his mind impressed with a sentiment of melancholy? Or who is able to resist that current of thought, which, from such appearances of decay, so naturally leads him to the solemn imagination of that inevitable fate, which is to bring alike the decay of life, of empire, and of nature itself.”

Archibald Alison, Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste (1790)

The Triumph of Time, Jan van den Hoecke (c. 1640)

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