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(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

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A Night-Piece

------The sky is overcast
With a continuous cloud of texture close,
Heavy and wan, all whitened by the Moon,
Which through that veil is indistinctly seen,
A dull, contracted circle, yielding light
So feebly spread, that not a shadow falls,
Chequering the ground--from rock, plant, tree, or tower.
At length a pleasant instantaneous gleam
Startles the pensive traveller while he treads
His lonesome path, with unobserving eye
Bent earthwards; he looks up--the clouds are split
Asunder,--and above his head he sees
The clear Moon, and the glory of the heavens.
There, in a black-blue vault she sails along,
Followed by multitudes of stars, that, small
And sharp, and bright, along the dark abyss
Drive as she drives: how fast they wheel away,
Yet vanish not!--the wind is in the tree,
But they are silent;--still they roll along
Immeasurably distant; and the vault,
Built round by those white clouds, enormous clouds,
Still deepens its unfathomable depth.
At length the Vision closes; and the mind,
Not undisturbed by the delight it feels,
Which slowly settles into peaceful calm,
Is left to muse upon the solemn scene.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/17/2014 3:46:00 AM)

    sky an interesting subject which relates to nature and much written by the great poet in several other poems and his poems are more accurate while taking subject of nature.

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/17/2014 3:46:00 AM)

    sky an interesting subject which relates to nature and much written by the great poet in several other poems and his poems are more accurate while taking subject of nature.

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  • Tiffany Brodi (10/14/2012 10:54:00 PM)

    this poem was too long so i didn't read it
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  • p.a. noushad (6/13/2008 8:07:00 AM)

    he nerrates the beauty of nature and tells us how nature can inspires us.beautiful.

  • john tiong chunghoo (9/24/2006 4:32:00 AM)

    in a few minutes
    the night sky is
    blanketed in white
    not a star twinkle
    except our bated breath

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