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Good Night by Samuel Goodrich









Good Night

Samuel Goodrich


The sun has sunk behind the hills,


The shadows o'er the landscape creep;


A drowsy sound the woodland fills,


And nature folds her arms to sleep:


Good night—good night.


The chattering jay has ceased his din—


The noisy robin sings no more—


The crow, his mountain haunt within,


Dreams 'mid the forest's surly roar:


Good night—good night.


The sunlit cloud floats dim and pale;


The dew is falling soft and still;


The mist hangs trembling o'er the vale,


And silence broods o'er yonder mill:


Goodnight—good night.


The rose, so ruddy in the light,


Bends on its stem all rayless now,


And by its side the lily white


A sister shadow, seems to bow:


Good night—good night.


The bat may wheel on silent wing—


The fox his guilty vigils keep—


The boding owl his dirges sing;


But love and innocence will sleep:


Good night—good night!