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Short poem

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.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, 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: 1861
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/30

Rhyme: ababcdad aefeghah aiaijhah

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