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NORTH-WEST PASSAGE: 1. GOOD NIGHT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Then [or, when] the bright lamp is carried in
Last Line: Till far to-morrow, fare you well!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Variant Title(s): A Child's Garden Of Verses: 41. North-west Passage: 1
Subject(s): Lamps; Night; Bedtime


Then the bright lamp is carried in,
The sunless hours again begin;
O'er all without, in field and lane,
The haunted night returns again.

Now we behold the embers flee
About the firelit hearth; and see
Our faces painted as we pass,
Like pictures, on the window glass.

Must we to bed indeed? Well then,
Let us arise and go like men,
And face with an undaunted tread
The long black passage up to bed.

Farewell, O brother, sister, sire!
O pleasant party round the fire!
The songs you sing, the tales you tell,
Till far to-morrow, fare you well!






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