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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

A Summer Night

By Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard (1823–1902)

I FEEL the breath of the summer night,

Aromatic fire;

The trees, the vines, the flowers are astir

With tender desire.

The white moths flutter about the lamp,

Enamored with light;

And a thousand creatures softly sing

A song to the night.

But I am alone, and how can I sing

Praises to thee?

Come, Night! unveil the beautiful soul

That waiteth for me.