Shelley Sunday: ‘Good-Night’

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Good-night? ah! no; the hour is ill
Which severs those it should unite;
Let us remain together still,
Then it will be GOOD night.

How can I call the lone night good,                                 
Though thy sweet wishes wing its flight?
Be it not said, thought, understood--
Then it will be--GOOD night.

To hearts which near each other move
From evening close to morning light,                                 
The night is good; because, my love,
They never SAY good-night.


Image Credit: Partridge, William Ordway. Percy Shelley Bust. c. 1899. Smithsonian American Art Museum

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