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John Milton


Now came still evening on, and twilight gray

Had in her sober livery all things clad;

Silence accompanied; for beast and bird—

They to their grassy couch, these to their nests,

Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale;

She all night long her amorous descant sung,

Silence was pleased; now glowed the firmament

With living sapphires: Hesperus, that led

The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon,

Rising in clouded majesty, at length

Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light,

And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.