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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
North-west Passage: 1. Good Night
By Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
 
WHEN the bright lamp is carried in,
The sunless hours again begin;
O’er all without, in field and lane,
The haunted night returns again.
 
Now we behold the embers flee        5
About the firelit hearth; and see
Our faces painted as we pass,
Like pictures, on the window-glass.
 
Must we to bed indeed? Well then,
Let us arise and go like men,        10
And face with an undaunted tread
The long black passage up to bed.
 
Farewell, O brother, sister, sire!
O pleasant party round the fire!
The songs you sing, the tales you tell,        15
Till far to-morrow, fare ye well!
 
 
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