Fugitive Verses
Popular Reprinted Poetry from Nineteenth Century Newspapers

"Night" by Henry W[adsworth]. Longfellow

Source of witness transcribed: The Daily Crescent (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Date of witness transcribed: 21 November 1851

Notes about this poem: "Night" was printed in at least 151 newspapers during the nineteenth century. It can be found using ID 532811 in this table of most widely-reprinted poems.

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Night

  • The day is done, and the darkness
  • Falls from the wings of night,
  • As a feather is wafted downward
  • From an eagle in his flight.

  • I see the lights of the village
  • Gleam through the rain and the mist,
  • And a feeling of sadness comes o’er me,
  • That my soul cannot resist—

  • A feeling of sadness and longing,
  • That is not akin to pain,
  • And resembles sorrow only
  • As the mist resembles the rain.

  • Come, read to me some poem,
  • Some noble and heartfelt lay,
  • That shall soothe this restless feeling,
  • And banish the thoughts of day.

  • Not from the bards sublime,
  • Not from the bards sublime,
  • Whose distant footsteps echo
  • Through the corridors of time.

  • For, like strains of material music,
  • Their mighty thoughts suggest
  • Life’s endless toil and endeavor;
  • And to night I long for rest.

  • Read from some humble poet,
  • Whose songs gush from his heart
  • As showers from the clouds of summer,
  • Or tears from the eye-lids start.

  • Who through longs days of labor,
  • And nights devoid of ease,
  • Still heard in his soul the music
  • Of wonderful melodies.

  • Such songs have power to quiet
  • The restless pulse of care,
  • And come like the benediction
  • That follow after prayer.

  • Then read from the treasured volume
  • This poem of thy choice,
  • And lend to the rhyme of the poet
  • The beauty of thy voice.

  • And the night shall be filled with music
  • And the cares that infest the day
  • Shall fold up their tents like the Arabs,
  • And silently pass away.