by Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848)

The starry night shall comfort bring
Language: English 
The starry night shall comfort bring:
Go out upon the breezy moor;
Watch for a bird with sable [wing]2
And beak and talons dropping gore.

It will perch on a heathy swell
Against the light of the coming moon;
Then, poor wretch, thy misery tell:
Thou shalt have the wished-for boon.

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1 Jeffreys: "wings" (in the facsimile edition) ; however, sometimes sung "wing".

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