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Poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Music by John Blockley

Boston (115 Washington St.): Published by Oliver Ditson

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Solemnly, mournfully,
Dealing its dole,
The Curfew Bell
Is Beginning to toll.
Cover the embers,
And put out the light;
Toil comes with morning,
And rest with night.
Dark grow the windows
And quench’d is the fire,
Sound fades into silence
All footsteps retire;
No voice in the chambers,
No sound in the hall!
Sleep and oblivion
Reign over all.
Solemnly mournfully,
Dealing its dole,
The Curfew Bell
Is beginning to toll,
The Curfew Bell
Is beginning to toll.

The book is completed, and closed like the day,
And the hand that has written it lays it away;
Dim grow its fancies, forgotten they lie,
Like coals in the ashes, they darken and die.
The windows are darken’d, the hearth-stone is cold,
Song sinks into silence- The story is told.
Darker and darker, the black shadows fall;
Sleep and oblivion reign over all.
Solemnly, mournfully, dealing its dole,
The Curfew Bell is beginning to toll.



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