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Image-Text-Music, 9.22.14 — Frederic Edwin Church, Trumbull Stickney, Bon Iver

Frederic Edwin Church, “Landscape in the Adirondacks” (1878)

Frederic Edwin Church, “Landscape in the Adirondacks” (1878)

“Mnemosyne,” by Trumbull Stickney

 

It’s autumn in the country I remember.

 

How warm a wind blew here about the ways!

And shadows on the hillside lay to slumber

During the long sun-sweetened summer-days.

 

It’s cold abroad the country I remember.

 

The swallows veering skimmed the golden grain

At midday with a wing aslant and limber;

And yellow cattle browsed upon the plain.

 

It’s empty down the country I remember.

 

I had a sister lovely in my sight:

Her hair was dark, her eyes were very sombre;

We sang together in the woods at night.

 

It’s lonely in the country I remember.

 

The babble of our children fills my ears,

And on our hearth I stare the perished ember

To flames that show all starry thro’ my tears.

 

It’s dark about the country I remember.

 

There are the mountains where I lived. The path

Is slushed with cattle-tracks and fallen timber,

The stumps are twisted by the tempests’ wrath.

 

But that I knew these places are my own,

I’d ask how came such wretchedness to cumber

The earth, and I to people it alone.

 

It rains across the country I remember.

 

***

Bon Iver, “Calgary

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