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NIGHTFALL, by                    
First Line: The daylight passes swiftly and it seems
Last Line: A dawn made fairer by this night of tears.
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


The daylight passes swiftly and it seems
Unfinished labors that I love must lie. . . .
I see the fir-trees black against the sky,
The heavy drifted clouds, the danger-gleams
A distant lighthouse sends; I hear the streams
Of rain adown the dormered roof, the sigh
Of dripping alders as the winds rush by,
The roaring of the ocean, yet. . . .
My dreams
Reveal no portion of earth's pleasure gone;
The somberness of night-time brings no fears;
I know the gloom that greets my eyes and ears
Is prelude of a gladness farther on;
My faith is fixed upon a perfect dawn --
A dawn made fairer by this night of tears.





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