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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

To Night

By Louise Chandler Moulton (1835–1908)

BEND low, O dusky Night,

And give my spirit rest.

Hold me to your deep breast,

And put old cares to flight.

Give back the lost delight

That once my soul possest,

When Love was loveliest.

Bend low, O dusky Night!

Enfold me in your arms—

The sole embrace I crave

Until the embracing grave

Shield me from life’s alarms.

I dare your subtlest charms;

Your deepest spell I brave.

O, strong to slay or save,

Enfold me in your arms!