Song in the Air

The moon doth mock and make me crazy,
   And midnight tolls her horrid claim
   On ghostly homage. Fie, for shame!
Deaths, to stand painted there so lazy.
There’s nothing but the stars about us,
   And they’re no tell-tales, but shine quiet:
   Come out, and hold a midnight riot,
Where no mortal fool dare flout us:
And, as we rattle in the moonlight pale;
Wanderers shall think ’tis the nightingale.

[Kelsall, 1851]