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I.

SOLEMNLY, mournfully,

Dealing its dole, The Curfew Bell

Is beginning to toll.

Cover the embers,

And put out the light Toil comes with the morning,

And rest with the night.

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Dark grow the windows,

And quenched is the fire ; Sound fades into silence, —

All footsteps retire.

No voice in the chambers,

No sound in the hall !

Sleep and oblivion

Reign over all !

CURFEW.

II.

The book is completed,

And closed, like the day ; And the hand that has written it

Lays it away.

Dim grow its fancies ;

Forgotten they lie; Like coals in the ashes,

They darken and die. ,

Song sinks into silence,

The story is told,
The windows are darkened,

The hearth-stone is cold.

Darker and darker

The black shadows fall; Sleep and oblivion

Reign over all.

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