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How beautiful is night! A dewy freshness fills the silent air; No mist obscures, nor cloud, nor speck, nor stain, Breaks the serene of heaven. In full-orbed glory yonder moon divine Rolls through the dark-blue depths ; Beneath her steady ray The desert-circle spreads, Like the round ocean girdled with the sky. How beautiful is night!
(J). Stanzas of Eleven Verses.
I said—Then, dearest, since 'tis so, Since now at length my fate I know, Since nothing all my love avails, Since all my life seemed meant for, fails,
Since this was written and needs must be— My whole heart rises up to bless Your name in pride and thankfulness ! Take back the hope you gave—I claim Only a memory of the same,— And this beside, if you will not blame,
Your leave for one more last ride with me.
R. Browning: " The Last Ride Together.'
The hour was late; the fire burned low, The landlord's eyes were closed in sleep, And near the story's end a deep Sonorous sound at times was heard, As when the distant bagpipes blow. At this all laughed ; the landlord stirred, As one awakening from a swound, And, gazing anxiously around,

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