The wakeful nightingale,
She all night long her amorous descant sung;
Silence was pleas’d: now glow’d the firmament
With living sapphires: Hesperus, that led
The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon,
Rising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen unveil’d her peerless light,
And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw.

John Milton

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