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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6060
AUTHOR:McDonald Clarke (1798–1842)
QUOTATION:Whilst twilight’s curtain spreading far,
Was pinned with a single star. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:Death in Disguise. Line 227. (Boston edition, 1833.)
 
Note 1.
Variant: While twilight’s curtain gathering far
Is pinned with a single diamond star.
  Mrs. Child says: “He thus describes the closing day:—
  ‘Now twilight lets her curtain down,
  And pins it with a star.’”
  See Hood: Dream of Eugene Aram. “And drew my midnight curtain with fingers bloody red.” Cf. W. R. Alger, The Use of the Moon.
  The moon is a silver pinhead vast
  That holds the heavens tent-hangings fast. [back]
 

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