Indian Summer


"Indian Summer" is a song by George Frederick McKay setting a poem by Emily Dickinson.

The contact address for information about George Frederick McKay sheet music or copies of manuscripts is: [email protected] Please visit McKay's official website (listed to the right) for more details about his life and music.

These are the days when Birds come back — (poem 130)
by Emily Dickinson

These are the days when Birds come back —
A very few — a Bird or two —
To take a backward look.

These are the days when skies resume
The old — old sophistries of June —
A blue and gold mistake.

Oh fraud that cannot cheat the Bee —
Almost thy plausibility
Induces my belief.

Till ranks of seeds their witness bear —
And softly thro' the altered air
Hurries a timid leaf.

Oh Sacrament of summer days,
Oh Last Communion in the Haze —
Permit a child to join.

Thy sacred emblems to partake —
They consecrated bread to take
And thine immortal wine!

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