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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Extracts from Hudibras: Night
By Samuel Butler (1612–1680)
[From Part II.]

THE SUN grew low and left the skies,
Put down, some write, by ladies’ eyes.
The moon pulled off her veil of light
That hides her face by day from sight
(Mysterious veil, of brightness made        5
That ’s both her lustre and her shade!),
And in the lantern of the night
With shining hours hung out her light;
For darkness is the proper sphere
Where all false glories use to appear.        10
The twinkling stars began to muster
And glitter with their borrowed lustre,
While sleep the wearied world relieved,
By counterfeiting death revived.

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