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Twilight

  • Now twilight lets her curtain down / And pins it with a star.

  • Toil is the portion of day, as sleep is that of night; but if there be one hour of the twenty-four which has the life of day without its labor, and the rest of night without its slumber, it is the lovely and languid hour of twilight.

  • It is in this unearthly first hour of spring twilight that earth's almost agonised livingness is most felt. This hour is so dreadful to some people that they hurry indoors and turn on the lights ...

  • When twilight drops her curtain down. And pins it with a star / Remember that you have a friend / Though she may wander far.

  • Through all the heavens what beauteous dyes are spread, / But the west glories in the deepest red ...

    • Phillis Wheatley,
    • "Hymn to Evening" (1773), Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley ()
  • In the evening sunset / There's nothing I regret.

  • Each night the sunset surged with purple pampas-grass plumes, and shot fuchsia rockets into the pink sky, then deepened through folded layers of peacock green to all the blues of India and a black across which clouds sometimes churned like alabaster dolls. The visual opium of the sunset was what I craved.

  • Twilight was the worst hour, because it was the hour of indecision.

  • I had an unaccountable feeling of crisis that comes with the uneasy dusk as it also does with the dawn. Since it is neither day nor night it is a strange time. And it never lasts long enough for one to become used to it.

  • The dusk crept out across the fields wiping out the day's light.

  • Sweet hour! when every anxious thought is still ...

  • Seeing twilight fall should be prescribed by doctors.

  • Day is dying in the West; / Heav'n is touching the earth with rest ...

  • The last burning seed of the sun had been dropped into the swamp of the meadow to the west, and in the idle water a flame grew. At the moment of dusk, remote and cool, like a frost-flower in the tranquil pastures of the sky, stood the evening star.

  • At twilight / we are all / at twilight / we are / at twilight / we are all orphans.

  • In the gloaming, O, my darling! / When the lights are dim and low, / And the quiet shadows falling / Softly come and softly go.