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First Line: Once it was sweet when darkness veiled the hills
Last Line: Missing life's comforts, we would just be bored.
Subject(s): Air; Environment; Night; Pollution; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Bedtime


Once it was sweet when darkness veiled the hills
To pause and muse beside a star-paved stream,
Where young frog-tenors practised runs and trills
And fire-fly lanterns flashed with elfin gleam.
Then, darkness wafted odors lovelier
By far than were the fragrances of day;
Then, stillness tangible as gossamer
Enfolded earth when Night assumed her sway.

But now night's calm is shattered by the roar
Of wind-swift, man-created steeds of steel
Whose noxious, acrid exhalations pour
Pollution on the air; and yet we feel
Convinced that if night's charms should be restored
Missing life's comforts, we would just be bored.





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