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MIDNIGHT
[ Also see Darkness Day Mystery Night Noontime Rest Sleep Stars ]

This dead of midnight is the noon of thought, and wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
      - Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld

Is there not
  A tongue in every star that talks with man,
    And wooes him to be wise? nor wooes in vain;
      This dead of midnight is the noon of thought,
        And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
      - Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld,
        A Summer Evening's Meditation (l. 48)

That hour o' night's black arch the keystane.
      - Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter

The stifled hum of midnight, when traffic has lain down to rest, and the chariot wheels of Vanity, still rolling here and there through distant streets, are bearing her to halls roofed in and lighted to the due pitch for her; and only vice and misery, to prowl or to moan like night birds, are abroad.
      - Thomas Carlyle

It was evening here,
  But upon earth the very noon of night.
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Purgatorio
         (canto XV, l. 5)

Hushed as midnight silence.
      - John Dryden

The night, proceeding on with silent pace, stood in her noon, and viewed with equal face her sleepy rise and her declining race.
      - John Dryden

About the noon of night.
      - Ben Jonson

I stood on the bridge at midnight,
  As the clocks were striking the hour,
    And the moon rose over the city,
      Behind the dark church tower.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Bridge

Midnight! the outpost of advancing day!
  The frontier town and citadel of night!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Two Rivers
         (pt. I)

O wild and wondrous midnight,
  There is a might in thee
    To make the charmed body
      Almost like spirit be,
        And give it some faint glimpses
          Of immortality.
      - James Russell Lowell, Midnight

'Tis midnight now. The bend and broken moon,
  Batter'd and black, as from a thousand battles,
    Hangs silent on the purple walls of Heaven.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
        Ina (sc. 2)

Midnight brought on the dusky hour friendliest to sleep and silence.
      - John Milton

Now had night measured, with her shadowy cone, half-way up hill this vast sublunar vault.
      - John Milton

Soon as midnight brought on the dusky hour
  Friendliest to sleep and silence.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 667)

In the dead vast and middle of the night.
      - William Shakespeare

It is now the very witching time of night; when churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood, and do such business as the bitter day would quake to look on.
      - William Shakespeare

The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve.
  Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at V, i)

Midnight, yet not a nose
  From Tower Hill to Piccadilly snored!
      - Horace Smith and James Smith,
        Rejected Addresses--The Rebuilding,
        (imitation of Southey)

Midnight, and yet no eye
  Through all the Imperial City closed in sleep.
      - Robert Southey, Curse of Kehama (pt. I, 1)

Midnight,--strange mystic hour,--when the veil between the frail present and the eternal future grows thin.
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe


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