To Vertumnus in Autumn
Ave, Vertumne! Hail, turner of the wheel!
Now as the nights grow longer than the days,
grant us a full harvest, fruits and vegetables
for our larder, root vegetables for warm soups,
apples to sweeten pork. Now as our days grow
shorter, grant us autumn colors, bronze and red,
orange and gold, yellow and brown, in leaf and
pumpkin and mushroom. Now as we look
toward winter, let us take care for ourselves,
let us take care of one another, like you and
Pomona. O Vertumnus, turner of the seasons,
shepherd us safely into winter.