|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|McDonald Clarke. (17981842)|
| Whilst twilights curtain spreading far,|
Was pinned with a single star. 1
| Death in Disguise. Line 227. (Boston edition, 1833.)|
| Ha! see where the wild-blazing Grog-shop appears,|
As the red waves of wretchedness swell;
How it burns on the edge of tempestuous years
The horrible Light-house of Hell!
| The Rum-hole.|
Variant: While twilights curtain gathering far
Is pinned with a single diamond star.
Mrs. Child says: He thus describes the closing day:
Now twilight lets her curtain down,
And pins it with a star.
See Hood: Dream of Eugene Aram. And drew my midnight curtain with fingers bloody red. Cf. W. R. Alger, The Use of the Moon.
The moon is a silver pinhead vast
That holds the heavens tent-hangings fast. [back]