Oft, in the Stilly Night (Scotch Air)

By Thomas Moore 1779–1852 Thomas Moore
Oft, in the stilly night,
Ere slumber’s chain has bound me,
Fond memory brings the light
Of other days around me;
The smiles, the tears,
Of boyhood’s years,
The words of love then spoken;
The eyes that shone,
Now dimm’d and gone,
The cheerful hearts now broken!
Thus, in the stilly night,
Ere slumber’s chain hath bound me,
Sad memory brings the light
Of other days around me.

When I remember all
The friends, so link’d together,
I’ve seen around me fall,
Like leaves in wintry weather;
I feel like one
Who treads alone
Some banquet-hall deserted,
Whose lights are fled,
Whose garlands dead,
And all but he departed!
Thus, in the stilly night,
Ere slumber’s chain has bound me,
Sad memory brings the light
Of other days around me.

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Poet Thomas Moore 1779–1852

POET’S REGION Ireland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Friends & Enemies, Living, Disappointment & Failure, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving

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Thomas Moore was closely attuned to the taste and artistic sensibility of his age, but he is remembered now primarily by the Irish, who still sing his songs and claim him as their own. He was a born lyricist and a natural musician, a practiced satirist and one of the first recognized champions of freedom of Ireland. With George Gordon, Lord Byron, and Sir Walter Scott, he embodied British Romanticism not only for the British and . . .

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SUBJECT Friends & Enemies, Living, Disappointment & Failure, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving

POET’S REGION Ireland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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