The Golden Threshold

Author: Sarojini Naidu

Autumn Song

Like a joy on the heart of a sorrow,
The sunset hangs on a cloud;
A golden storm of glittering sheaves,
Of fair and frail and fluttering leaves,
The wild wind blows in a cloud.

Hark to a voice that is calling
To my heart in the voice of the wind:
My heart is weary and sad and alone,
For its dreams like the fluttering leaves have
And why should I stay behind?


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Chicago: Sarojini Naidu, "Autumn Song," The Golden Threshold, ed. Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945 and trans. Bowring, Edgar Alfred, 1826-1911 in The Golden Threshold (Hyderabad, India: George Routledge & Sons, 1905), Original Sources, accessed October 2, 2023,

MLA: Naidu, Sarojini. "Autumn Song." The Golden Threshold, edited by Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945, and translated by Bowring, Edgar Alfred, 1826-1911, in The Golden Threshold, Vol. 3, Hyderabad, India, George Routledge & Sons, 1905, Original Sources. 2 Oct. 2023.

Harvard: Naidu, S, 'Autumn Song' in The Golden Threshold, ed. and trans. . cited in 1905, The Golden Threshold, George Routledge & Sons, Hyderabad, India. Original Sources, retrieved 2 October 2023, from