by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Oft in the stilly night
Language: English 
Oft in the stilly night,
  Ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Fond Memory brings the light
  Of other days around me;
    The smiles, the tears, 
    Of boyhood's years,
  The words of love then spoken;
    The eyes that shone, 
    Now dimmed and gone,
  The cheerful hearts now broken!
Thus in the stilly night,
  Ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Sad Memory brings the light
  Of other days around me.

When I remember all
  The friends so linked together
I've seen around me fall,
  Like leaves in wintry weather,
    I feel like one
    Who treads alone
  Some banquet-hall deserted,
    Whose lights are fled, 
    Whose garlands dead,
  And all but he departed!
Thus in the stilly night,
  Ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Sad Memory brings the light
  Of other days around me.

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Confirmed with A Library of Poetry and Song: Being Choice Selections from the Best Poets. With an Introduction by William Cullen Bryant, New York, J. B. Ford and Company, 1871, page 227.


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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Georg von der Vring (1889 - 1968) , copyright © ; composed by Harald Genzmer.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation possibly by Niklas Müller (1809 - 1875); composed by Joseph Dessauer, Friedrich Hinrichs.

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Robert Grady

This text was added to the website: 2004-06-13
Line count: 28
Word count: 130