A Celebration of Women Writers

"Sunset." by Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Publication: The Writings of Jane Taylor, In Five Volumes by Jane Taylor. Volume I, Memoirs and Poetical Remains.. Edited by Isaac Taylor, Jr., of Stanford Rivers. Boston: Perkins & Marvin, 1832. pp. 299-300.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


GRAY twilight spreads her sable mantle far,
  And dewy mists obscure the tints of day;
Yet, with mild lustre glows the evening star,
  To cheer the lonely traveller on his way.

For Sol's departing rays no longer gleam
  To gild the mountain pine, or lofty spire;
O'er western waves he spreads his golden beam;
  And ocean gladdens, as the shades retire.

While Albion's sons in grateful slumbers rest,
  And silent darkness reigns around our isle,

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He rides resplendent to the glowing west,
  On fair Columbia's fertile plains to smile;
Her busy cities wake to clamors gay;
Her waving woods resound, and hail the rising day.


Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom