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NIGHT
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[ Also see Bed Blindness Darkness Day Evening Light Midnight Nature Oblivion Obscurity Shadows Sky Sleep Stars Sunset Twilight ]

But we that have but span-long life,
  The thicker must lay on the pleasure;
    And since time will not stay,
      We'll add night to the day,
        Thus, thus we'll fill the measure.
      - Unattributed Author, Duet printed 1795,
        probably of earlier date

Night is a stealthy, evil Raven,
  Wrapt to the eyes in his black wings.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Day and Night

Mind and night will meet, though in silence, like forbidden lovers.
      - Philip James Bailey

Night comes, world-jewelled, . . .
  The stars rush forth in myriads as to wage
    War with the lines of Darkness; and the moon,
      Pale ghost of Night, comes haunting the cold earth
        After the sun's red sea-death--quietless.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Garden and Bower by the Sea)

I love night more than day--she is so lovely;
  But I love night the most because she brings
    My love to me in dreams which scarcely lie.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Water and Wood--Midnight)

O mysterious Night! thou art not silent; many tongues halt thou.
      - Joanna Baillie

Wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
      - Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld

Wan night, the shadow goer, came stepping in.
      - Beowulf III

The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XXI, v. 11)

In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men.
      - Bible, Job (ch. IV, v. 13)

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
      - Bible, John (ch. IX, v. 4)

When it draws near to witching time of night.
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 55)

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
      - Jorge Luis Borges

The night has a thousand eyes,
  And the day but one;
    Yet the light of the bright world dies
      With the dying sun.
        The mind has a thousand eyes,
          And the heart but one:
            Yet the light of a whole life dies
              When love is done.
      - Francis William Bourdillon,
        The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Night is the Sabbath of mankind,
  To rest the body and the mind.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

All is gentle; nought
  Stirs rudely; but congenial with the night,
    Whatever walks is gliding like a spirit.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

In her starry shade of dim and solitary loveliness, I learn the language of another world.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The night shows stars and women in a better light.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Most glorious night!
  Thou wert not sent for slumber!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 93)

For the night
  Shows stars and women in a better light.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 152)

The stars are forth, the moon above the tops
  Of the snow-shining mountains--Beautiful!
    I linger yet with Nature, for the night
      Hath been to me a more familiar face
        Than that of man; and in her starry shade
          Of dim and solitary loveliness
            I learn'd the language of another world.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Manfred (act III, sc. 4)

Night drew her sable curtain down, and pinned it with a star.
      - M'Donald Clarke ("The Mad Poet")

The crackling embers on the hearth are dead;
  The indoor note of industry is still;
    The latch is fast; upon the window-sill
      The small birds wait not for their daily bread;
        The voiceless flowers--how quietly they shed
          Their nightly odours;--and the household rill
            Murmurs continuous dulcet sounds that fill
              The vacant expectation, and the dread
                Of listening night.
      - Hartley Coleridge

Even lust and envy sleep.
      - John Dryden

Night's black Mantle covers all alike.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes--First Week--First Day
         (l. 562)


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