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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. V: Literature of the Republic, Part II., 1821–1834
 
Good Night
By Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1793–1860)
 
[From Poems. 1851.]

THE SUN has sunk behind the hills,
The shadows o’er the landscape creep;
A drowsy sound the woodland fills,
And nature folds her arms to sleep:
            Good night—good night.        5
 
The chattering jay has ceased his din—
The noisy robin sings no more—
The crow, his mountain haunt within,
Dreams ’mid the forest’s surly roar:
            Good night—good night.        10
 
The sunlit cloud floats dim and pale;
The dew is falling soft and still;
The mist hangs trembling o’er the vale,
And silence broods o’er yonder mill:
            Good night—good night.        15
 
The rose, so ruddy in the light,
Bends on its stem all rayless now,
And by its side the lily white,
A sister shadow, seems to bow:
            Good night—good night.        20
 
The bat may wheel on silent wing—
The fox his guilty vigils keep—
The boding owl his dirges sing;
But love and innocence will sleep:
            Good night—good night.        25
 
 
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