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A NIGHT SCENE

1 See Night, all majestic, lean over the hill,
2 Dark daemons recline on her breast;
3 Fond memory cease, or a moment be still,
4 For sweet Philomel sleeps in her nest.
5 She restless, like me, still laments for her mate,
6 A stranger to pleasure and sleep;
7 But her sorrows have been of so lengthen'd a date,
8 She's forgot both to sigh and to weep.
9 That voice which so softly I heard from a cloud,
10 Was surely the voice of my swain;
11 Be quiet, ye winds, if ye whistle so loud,
12 I never shall hear it again.
13 Oh, hark! it is he 'tis Maria he cries!
14 How sweet stole the sound on my ear;
15 Like Aeolus' harp now it vibrates and dies,
16 And leaves me to doubt and to fear:
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17 Return, gentle spirit, in pity return;
18 From death would you borrow a dart:
19 I'm weary at midnight to wander and mourn,
20 Then strike me at once to the heart.

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    Title (in Source Edition): A NIGHT SCENE
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    Carmichael, Miss (Rebekah) (fl. 1790-1806). Poems. Edinburgh: Peter Hill, 1790, pp. 50-51. 92p. (ESTC T104666) (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries — third-party rights apply.)

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