It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
And roofs and villages, on woodland crests
And their aerial neighborhood of nests
Deserted, on the curtained window-panes.
Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes
And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!
Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,
With the last sheaves return the laboring wains!
All things are symbols: the external shows
Of nature have their image in the mind,
As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves;
The song-birds leave us at the summer's close,
Only the empty nests are left behind,
And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow