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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Good Night
By John Nicol (1833–1894)
 
GOOD night, my love, good night!
Farewell! the breeze is sighing
  Along the harbour height;
The fleecy clouds are flying
  Beneath Astarte’s light.        5
My mariners are crying
  ‘In favouring winds away!
And I, my love denying,
  Must cleave th’ Aegean spray.
The song that the sea is singing        10
  On the bay is tender and bright:
The bark like a bird is springing
  And speeding from thy sight:
And a tune in my head is ringing
  That thrills my heart for flight        15
Across the waves—soon winging
Return to thee, and bringing
  Treasures for thy delight.
Good night, my love! good night!
 
 
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