Birthday is the fifth song from Winifred Hyson's Songs of Job's Daughter song cycle with original text by Jean Starr Untermeyer.

Text: Jean Starr UntermeyerSong Collection: Songs of Job's Daughter

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By Jean Starr Untermeyer


Now the beautiful business of summer is over,

Earth wraps herself in a bright, leaf-patterned shawl.

The hives cement the prodigal juice of the clover

And spendthrift gold is hoarded in bin and stall.

Beyond the wind-crisped hedge, the cornstalks hover;


The pumpkin lies by the wall.

October’s the heir of the year, and you, my lover,

October’s darling–the first to come at her call–

May claim and hold what your wandering eyes discover

On jeweled hills that tempt a reluctant fall;

Blest by the fired earth, while skies above her

Spill golden peace over all.


Up Toward the Sky

(Amy Marcy Beach, William Ernest Henley, Richard Hundley, Marianne Moore, James Purdy, Edward Rowland Sill, Gertrude Stein, Sara Teasdale and Virgil Thomson)


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