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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Candles of the Night.
 
The stars are so called by Shakespeare, in the Merchant of Venice, v. 1. Milton has improved upon the idea:—   1
       
“Else, O thievish Night,
Why shouldst thou, but for some felonious end,
In thy dark lantern thus close up the stars
That Nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps
With everlasting oil to give due light
To the misled and lonely traveller?”
       
Comus, 200–206.
 


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