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First Line: If, when the sun at noon displays
Last Line: Both light and darkness, night and day.
Variant Title(s): Night And Day To His Mistress
Subject(s): Beauty


IF, when the sun at noon displays
His brighter rays,
Thou but appear,
He then, all pale with shame and fear,
Quencheth his light,
Hides his dark brow, flies from thy sight,
And grows more dim,
Compar'd to thee, than stars to him.
If thou but show thy face again,
When darkness doth at midnight reign,
The darkness flies, and light is hurl'd
Round about the silent world:
So as alike thou driv'st away
Both light and darkness, night and day.





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