Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SHREWSBURY NIGHT, by CHARLES WARE BORDEN

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SHREWSBURY NIGHT, by            
First Line: I love the stillness of the night
Last Line: The whole world as it ought to be.
Subject(s): Moon; Night; Silence; Stars; Bedtime

I love the stillness of the night;
The distant rumbling of a train;
The crickets' toneless chirping song;
Green leaves turned silver in the light
Of moonbeams, and the clear refrain
Of the hourly bell from the church's height;
The crunching footsteps passing by;
Calm voices carried on still air;
The silhouette of sleeping trees
Against the starlit midnight sky,
And vines that shudder in the breeze.

For every sound and sight of day
Is passing and will pass away. . . .
And from my window I can see
The whole world as it ought to be.

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