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Poem by William Makepeace Thackeray


Now the toils of day are over,
And the sun hath sunk to rest,
Seeking, like a fiery lover,
The bosom of the blushing west

The faithful night keeps watch and ward,
Raising the moon her silver shield,
And summoning the stars to guard
The slumbers of my fair Mathilde!

The faithful night! Now all things lie
Hid by her mantle dark and dim,
In pious hope I hither hie,
And humbly chant mine ev'ning hymn.

Thou art my prayer, my saint, my shrine!
(For never holy pilgrim kneel'd,
Or wept at feet more pure than thine),
My virgin love, my sweet Mathilde! 

William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray's other poems:
  1. Peg of Limavaddy
  2. The Crystal Palace
  3. Atra Cura
  4. A Doe in the City
  5. Mrs. Katherines Lantern

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Oscar Wilde Serenade ("THE western wind is blowing fair")
  • Thomas Hood Serenade ("Ah, sweet, thou little knowest how")
  • Bryan Procter Serenade ("Inesilla! I am here")
  • Edgar Poe Serenade ("So sweet the hour, so calm the time")
  • Henry Timrod Serenade ("Hide, happy damask, from the stars")

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