From the Bryant Room Archives
By Myrna Sloam ©July/August 2005
SONNET--OCTOBER by William Cullen Bryant
Ay, thou art welcome, heaven's delicious breath,
When woods begin to wear the crimson leaf,
And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief,
And the year smiles as it draws near its death.
Wind of the sunny south! oh still delay
In the gay woods and in the golden air,
Like to a good old age released from care,
Journeying, in long serenity, away.
In such a bright, late quiet, would that I
Might wear out life like thee, mid bowers and brooks,
And, dearer yet, the sunshine of kind looks,
And music of kind voices ever nigh;
And when my last sand twinkled in the glass,
Pass silently from men, as thou dost pass.
(From: Poems by William Cullen Bryant. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1840.)
End Note: As many of you may know, I have officially retired as Archivist of the Bryant Library. It was my great pleasure to serve in this capacity for more than 25 years. I have especially enjoyed being able to share information about Roslyn and William Cullen Bryant through this space in the Bryant Library Newsletter. Although I will continue to write for the Newsletter, going forward you will also see this column presented by our new Archivist, Carol Clarke. Carol brings a wealth of archival experience to the Library and recently mounted a wonderful exhibit on Christopher Morley in the main floor showcase. Additionally, due to Carol’s attention, and with the aid of Archival Assistant, Rosa Mejia, visitors to the Bryant Room will notice a new look. Many of the unique works of art housed in the Local History Collection, depicting Roslyn locations, have been taken out of storage and reframed and re-hung in the Bryant Room. All are invited to come and view the original artwork and to meet our new Archivist.