Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


The setting sun
O’er the earth its yellow lustre threw
And the west was rich with red and blue,
Whilst twilight’s curtain, spreading far,
Was pinned with single diamond star.
M‘Donald Clarke.—Death in Disguise, Line 224.

Fades the light
And afar
Goeth day, cometh night,
And a star
Leadeth all,
Speedeth all
To their rest.
Bret Harte.—Cadet Grey, Canto II. Stanza 27.

I saw, as in a dream sublime,
The balance in the hand of Time.
O’er East and West its beam impended,
And day, with all its hours of light,
Was slowly sinking out of sight,
While opposite, the scale of night,
Silently with the stars ascended.
Longfellow.—The Occultation of Orion

The babbling day has touched the hem of night’s garment, and, weary and still, drops asleep in her bosom.
Longfellow.—Outre-Mer: A Tailor’s Drawer.

The summer’s songs are hushed. Up the lone shore
The weary waves wash sadly, and a grief
Sounds in the wind, like farewells fond and brief:
The cricket’s chirp but makes the silence more.
Celia Thaxter.—Twilight, Stanza 3.