by Phebe Ann Holder
The softened light, the veiling haze,
The calm repose of autumn days,
Steal gently over the troubled breast,
Soothing life's weary cares to rest.
— Phebe Ann Holder, New England poet, A Song of October
November 27, 1824
Today is the birthday of the New England poet Phebe Ann Holder.
In addition to her religious poems, Phebe wrote about the natural world. Gardeners delight in her poems for spring and fall.
Phebe’s A Song of May recalls the flowers of spring and A Song of October celebrates the beauty of fall.