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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Night
By Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953)
 
MOST Holy Night, that still dost keep
The keys of all the doors of sleep,
To me when my tired eyelids close
    Give thou repose.
 
And let the far lament of them        5
That chaunt the dead day’s requiem
Make in my ears, who wakeful lie,
    Soft lullaby.
 
Let them that guard the hornèd Moon
By my bedside their memories croon.        10
So shall I have new dreams and blest
    In my brief rest.
 
Fold thy great wings about my face,
Hide day-dawn from my resting-place,
And cheat me with thy false delight,        15
    Most Holy Night.
 
 
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