- Year Published: 0
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: J.D. McClatchy, ed., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 8.0
- Word Count: 219
Longfellow, H. (0). Hymn to the Night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Works (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 19, 2013, from
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Hymn to the Night," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Works, Lit2Go Edition, (0), accessed June 19, 2013,.
I heard the trailing garments of the Night
Sweep through her marble halls!
I saw her sable skirts all fringed with light
From the celestial walls!
I felt her presence, by its spell of might,
Stoop o’er me from above;
The calm, majestic presence of the Night,
As of the one I love.
I heard the sounds of sorrow and delight,
The manifold, soft chimes,
That fill the haunted chambers of the Night
Like some old poet’s rhymes.
From the cool cisterns of the midnight air
My spirit drank repose;
The fountain of perpetual peace flows there,—
From those deep cisterns flows.
O holy Night! from thee I learn to bear
What man has borne before!
Thou layest thy finger on the lips of Care,
And they complain no more.
Peace! Peace! Orestes-like I breathe this prayer!
Descend with broad-winged flight,
The welcome, the thrice-prayed for, the most fair,
The best-beloved Night!