William Allingham — Irish Poet born on March 19, 1821, died on November 18, 1889

William Allingham was an Irish poet, diarist and editor. He wrote several volumes of lyric verse, and his poem 'The Faeries' was much anthologised; but he is better known for his posthumously published Diary, in which he records his lively encounters with Tennyson, Carlyle and other writers and artists. His wife, Helen Allingham, was a well-known water-colorist and illustrator... (wikipedia)

Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.
Autumn's the mellow time.
Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly each day.
I have been an 'Official' all my life, without the least turn for it. I never could attain a true official manner, which is highly artificial and handles trifles with ludicrously disproportionate gravity.
If any foes of mine are there, I pardon every one: I hope that man and womankind will do the same by me.