"Peter Parley" was Samuel Goodrich, founder of Robert Merry's Museum, and bears his trademark lyricism mixed with a moral.


GOOD NIGHT, by "Peter Parley" (Samuel Goodrich) (from Robert Merry's Museum, October 1848, p. 124)

The sun has sunk behind the hills,
      The shadows o'er the landscape creep--
A drowsy sound the woodland fills,
      And nature folds her arms to sleep:
             Good night--good night.

The chattering jay has ceased his din--
      The noisy robin sings no more--
The crow, his mountain haunt within,
      Dreams mid the forest's surly roar;
             Good night--good night.

The sunlit cloud floats dim and pale--
      The dew is falling soft and still--
The mist hangs trembling o'er the vale,
      And silence broods o'er yonder mill:
             Good night--good night.

The rose, so ruddy in the light,
      Bends on its stem all rayless now,
And by its side the lily white
      A sister shadow seems to bow:
            Good night--good night.

The bat may wheel on silent wing--
      The fox his guilty vigils keep--
The boding owl his dirges sing;
      But love and innocence will sleep:
            Good night--good night.

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