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by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Good night! Good night, beloved!
Language: English 
 Good night! Good night, beloved!
  I come to watch o'er thee!
To be near thee, -- to be near thee,
  Alone is peace for me.

Thine eyes are stars of morning,
  Thy lips are crimson flowers!
Good night! Good night beloved,
  While I count the weary hours.

 Ah! thou moon that shinest
  Argent-clear above!
All night long enlighten
  My sweet lady-love!
  Moon that shinest,
All night long enlighten!

 The nuns in the cloister
  Sang to each other;
For so many sisters
  Is there not one brother!
Ay, for the partridge, mother!
The cat has run away with the partridge!
  Puss! puss! puss!

E. Nevin sets stanzas 1-2

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2005-07-28
Line count: 21
Word count: 102