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George Parsons Lathrop

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George Parsons Lathrop was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1851. He was the author of Dreams and Days (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1892) and Rose and Roof-Tree (James R. Osgood, 1875), as well as several works of prose, including In the Distance: A Novel (J. R. Osgood, 1882). He died in New York City in 1898.

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Valleys lay in sunny vapor,  
   And a radiance mild was shed
From each tree that like a taper
   At a feast stood. Then we said,
   "Our feast, too, shall soon be spread,
          Of good Thanksgiving turkey."

And already still November
   Drapes her snowy table here.

When the leaves, by thousands thinned,
A thousand times have whirled in the wind,
And the moon, with hollow cheek,
Staring from her hollow height,
Consolation seems to seek
From the dim, reechoing night;
And the fog-streaks dead and white
Lie like ghosts of lost delight
O'er highest earth and lowest sky;