Annie Louisa Walker (1836-1907)
The Night Cometh
1Work! for the night is coming;
2 Work! through the morning hours;
3Work! while the dew is sparkling;
4 Work! 'mid the springing flowers;
5Work! while the day grows brighter,
6 Under the glowing sun;
7Work! for the night is coming,--
8 Night, when man's work is done.
9Work! for the night is coming;
10 Work! through the sunny noon;
11Fill the bright hours with labour,
12 Rest cometh sure and soon.
13Give to each flying minute
14 Something to keep in store;
15Work! for the night is coming,--
16 Night, when man works no more.
17Work! for the night is coming;
18 Under the sunset skies,
19While their bright tints are glowing,
20 Work! for the daylight flies;
21Work! till the last beam fadeth,
22 Fadeth to shine no more;
23Work! while the night is darkening,--
24 Night, when man's work is o'er.
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
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University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: [Annie L. Walker] Leaves from the Backwoods (Montreal: John Lovell, 1862), pp. 42-43. B-10 2803 Fisher Library.
First publication date:
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/30
Rhyme: ababcdad aefeghah aiaijhah
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