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Come, Little Leaves
George Cooper


“Come, little leaves,” said the wind one day,
“Come o'er the meadows with me and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold,
For summer is gone and the days grow cold.”

Soon as the leaves heard the wind’s loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all;
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
singing the glad little songs they knew.

“Cricket, goodbye, we’ve been friends so long;
Little brook, sing us your farewell song;
Say you are sorry to see us go;
Ah, you will miss us, right well we know.

"Dear little lambs in your fleecy fold,
Mother will keep you from harm and cold;
fondly we watched you in vale and glade;
Say, will you dream of our loving shade?”

Dancing and whirling, the little leaves went;
Winter had called them, and they were content;
soon, fast asleep in their earthy beds,
The snow laid a coverlid over their heads.

This poem is in the public domain.


George Cooper (1840 – 1927) was born in New York City. He began writing as a child and, by the age of 16, was publishing poems in leading magazines.  He studied law and practiced for several years, but eventually decided to pursue a career as a writer. He wrote a number of hymns and much of his work was targeted at children. Stephen Foster set many of George’s lyrics to music; the best known is probably “Sweet Genevieve.”



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Rhoda Hall:
My mother Maureen N Miller use to sing this to us every night before bed time. I loved to listen to her beautiful voice as a closed my eyes and fell a sleep. Rhoda HaLl
Posted 12/12/2020 01:46 PM
My father, a child of the depression, memorized this poem. Every Fall on the day that the coldfront blew-in to South Mississippi with leaves whirling in the wind, he recited this poem to my sister and me. Now that we can find everything at our finger tips, I am even more impressed with his love for this poem.
Posted 11/15/2020 06:26 PM
My Mother and Grandmother recited this poem to me when I was a very young child and I've always wondered where it came from... now I know... Thanks...very dear memories...
Posted 10/15/2020 03:20 PM
Such a nice one!
Posted 09/25/2020 04:33 PM
This is very pretty. Also, a Canadian single mom and songwriter made her own version.
Posted 09/02/2020 11:23 AM
So beautiful, sweet, and appealing! I'm smiling really BIG!
Posted 10/30/2019 11:02 AM
Wilda Morris:
One of my favorite autumn poems!
Posted 10/29/2019 08:40 AM
Larry Schug:
Poetry-the speech of the gods!
Posted 10/28/2019 09:27 PM
I do love rhythm and rhyme in poetry.
Posted 10/28/2019 08:58 AM
The opening line is delightful.
Posted 10/28/2019 08:48 AM
michael escoubas:
Wonderful post, Jayne. What I like about this and other poems written in Cooper's era, is the master-craftsmanship of form coupled with a delightful sojourn into nature's beauty. Refreshing way to begin the day.
Posted 10/28/2019 08:08 AM

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