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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
42. Northwest Passage

I. Good Night


WHEN the bright lamp is carried in, 
The sunless hours again begin; 
O’er all without, in field and lane, 
The haunted night returns again. 
  
Now we behold the embers flee         5
About the firelit hearth; and see 
Our pictures painted as we pass, 
Like pictures, on the window-glass. 
  
Must we to bed indeed? Well, then, 
Let us arise and go like men,  10
And face with an undaunted tread 
The long black passage up to bed. 
  
Farewell, O brother, sister, sire! 
O pleasant party round the fire! 
The songs you sing, the tales you tell,  15
Till far to-morrow, fare ye well! 

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