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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 08:40:26 -0400
From: Joel J. Brattin <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: RE: A Dickens Poem?  Information Requested

"Autumn Leaves" is indeed by Dickens; it's lyrics to a song from the opera
he wrote with John Hullah, *The Village Coquettes*.  I'm away from my
library right now, so I can't give a precise date, but it's from very early
in Dickens's career.
           Yours faithfully,
                  Joel J. Brattin

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At http://www.poetry-archive.com/d/george_edmunds_song.html I find the
following poem attributed to Dickens. It is said to appear in Kitton's 1903
edition of poems. The identical text appears at

http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/dickens/etexts/dickens/others/Poems.doc.

I have Kitton's vol. of poems and plays from the National Edition (1908),
but it does not include it, leading me to suspect that Kitton may have in
the interval decided it wasn't really by Dickens.

Can any DICKNS-Lers shed light on the questions 1) is it by Dickens, and
if so, 2) where did it first appear?


GEORGE EDMUNDS' SONG

by: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

AUTUMN leaves, autumn leaves, lie strewn around he [sic] here;
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, how sad, how cold, how drear!
How like the hopes of childhood's day,
Thick clust'ring on the bough!
How like those hopes in their decay--
How faded are they now!
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, lie strewn around me here;
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, how sad, how cold, how drear!

Wither'd leaves, wither'd leaves, that fly before the gale:
Withered leaves, withered leaves, ye tell a mournful tale,
Of love once true, and friends once kind,
And happy moments fled:
Dispersed by every breath of wind,
Forgotten, changed, or dead!
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, lie strewn around me here!
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, how sad, how cold, how drear!

"George Edmunds' Song" is reprinted from The Poems and Verse of Charles
Dickens. Ed. F.G. Kitton. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1903.


Bob
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