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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
129. A Serenade
By Edward Coate Pinkney
LOOK out upon the stars, my love,
  And shame them with thine eyes,
On which, than on the lights above,
  There hang more destinies.
Night’s beauty is the harmony        5
  Of blending shades and light;
Then, lady, up,—look out, and be
  A sister to the night!
Sleep not! thine image wakes for aye
  Within my watching breast:        10
Sleep not! from her soft sleep should fly
  Who robs all hearts of rest.
Nay, lady, from thy slumbers break,
  And make this darkness gay
With looks, whose brightness well might make        15
  Of darker nights a day.


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