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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.  1918.

46. Night-Piece

YE hooded witches, baleful shapes that moan, 
Quench your fantastic lanterns and be still; 
For now the moon through heaven sails alone, 
Shedding her peaceful rays from hill to hill. 
The faun from out his dim and secret place         5
Draws nigh the darkling pool and from his dream 
Half-wakens, seeing there his sylvan face 
Reflected, and the wistful eyes that gleam. 
To his cold lips he sets the pipe to blow 
Some drowsy note that charms the listening air:  10
The dryads from their trees come down and creep 
Near to his side; monotonous and low, 
He plays and plays till at the woodside there 
Stirs to the voice of everlasting sleep. 



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