Introduction

The poem beautifully commemorates the onset of Autumn, with the wind inviting the leaves to play with them.

About the Poet

George Cooper was a poet from the United States of America. He made English versions of the lyrics of German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, and French musical pieces.

Theme

The theme of the poem is set at the end of summer and just as autumn is starting. The trees are shedding their leaves.

First Stanza

Come, little leaves,’’
Said the wind one day,
“Come over the meadows
With me, and play;
Put on your dresses
Of red and gold;
Summer is gone,
And the days grow cold
.

The wind playfully invites the leaves to join it and fly over the meadows as they play together. Their dresses are red and gold implying the change in the colour of the leaves as summer ends and autumn begins. The days too are now turning cold.

Second Stanza

Soon as the leaves
Heard the wind’s loud call,
Down they came fluttering,
One and all;
Over the meadows
They danced and flew,
Singing the soft
Little songs they knew
.

As soon as the leaves heard the wind calling them, they could not wait and came down, falling of the branches. They flew around and over the meadow joyfully singing and dancing, thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Third Stanza

Dancing and flying
The little leaves went;
Winter had called them
And they were content -
Soon fast asleep
In their earthy beds,
The snow laid a soft mantle
Over their heads.

The leaves were happy and content as they welcomed winter. After their singing and dancing, they happily slept in their beds and the snow covered them with itself softly.