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A RHPASODY; WRITTEN AT THE LAKES IN WESTMORLAND, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now sunk the sun, now twilight sunk, and night
Last Line: Of quiet whispering to the ear of night.
Subject(s): Lakes; Night; Silence; Westmorland, England; Pools; Ponds; Bedtime


NOW sunk the sun, now twilight sunk, and Night
Rode in her zenith; nor a passing breeze
Sighed to the groves, which in the midnight air
Stood motionless, and in the peaceful floods
Inverted hung. For now the billow slept
Along the shore, nor heaved the deep, but spread
A shining mirror to the moon's pale orb,
Which, dim and waning, o'er the shadowy clifts,
The solemn woods and spiry mountain-tops,
Her glimmering faintness threw. Now every eye,
Oppressed with toil, was drowned in deep repose;
Save that the unseen shepherd in his watch,
Propped on his crook, stood list'ning by the fold,
And gazed the starry vault and pendant moon;
Nor voice nor sound broke on the deep serene,
But the soft murmur of swift-gushing rills,
Forth-issuing from the mountain's distant steep
(Unheard till now, and now scarce heard), proclaimed
All things at rest, and imaged the still voice
Of Quiet whispering to the ear of Night.





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