Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Good-Night

Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Good-night? ah! no; the hour is ill
Which severs those it should unite;
Let us remain together still,
Then it will be good night.

How can I call the lone night good,
Though thy sweet wishes wing its flight?
Be it not said, thought, understood --
Then it will be -- good night.

To hearts which near each other move
From evening close to morning light,
The night is good; because, my love,
They never say good-night.


Comments about Good-Night by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (3/24/2020 7:02:00 PM)

    A beautiful and very passionate piece of poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Solomon SenxerSolomon Senxer (9/14/2019 8:16:00 AM)

    The pain of " Goodnight" is expressed so well in this poem!(Report)Reply

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  • CArmen Limon (5/11/2019 12:33:00 AM)

    I think it’s inappropriate(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (2/4/2019 8:05:00 AM)

    Fine poem......my dear poet....(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/4/2018 11:32:00 PM)

    yeah the night is good and beautiful too me
    graceful the night and the dark of lonely night only for darling
    only of you O love(Report)Reply

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  • TD KRISHNAMOORTHY (12/23/2017 1:37:00 AM)

    Wonderful observation and feelings about love.(Report)Reply

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  • Akshit (12/11/2017 9:26:00 AM)

    Very good....................(Report)Reply

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  • Jismi (11/13/2017 8:03:00 AM)

    Super poem, which makes us feel real,lovely night(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (11/8/2016 7:29:00 AM)

    nice night with sweet thoughts for a sweet love- 10(Report)Reply

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  • Pietro 6 (1/12/2016 5:33:00 AM)

    I find it very nice, beautiful.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (8/11/2015 5:19:00 PM)

    ....beautiful poem, the last stanza is very nice ★(Report)Reply

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  • Oduro Bright Amoh (4/20/2015 6:44:00 PM)

    Written simply and sweetly. I love it(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (1/29/2015 1:08:00 AM)

    We can't imagine a better way to say or not to say 'Good night' to our near and dear ones. Simply wonderful.(Report)Reply

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  • Sagnik ChakrabortySagnik Chakraborty (9/10/2014 9:54:00 AM)

    Because Shelley never said Good night! . PBS LIVES!(Report)Reply

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  • Akinkunmi OseniAkinkunmi Oseni (1/29/2014 4:23:00 AM)

    This is subliminal! The diction is very simple, brief and concise. The emotion and relunctancy of missing one's lover through the night is well conveyed. Thumbs up for PBS!(Report)Reply

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  • Akinkunmi OseniAkinkunmi Oseni (1/29/2014 4:20:00 AM)

    This is subliminal! The diction is very simple, brief and concise. The emotion and relunctancy of missing one's lover through the night is well conveyed. Thumbs up for PBS!(Report)Reply

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  • Alistair Graham (1/29/2014 4:10:00 AM)

    To Sleep


    Calm down my friend
    we’re all going to die

    Don’t get caught up
    like the fly in the web

    You may and you must
    sleep every night
    Not annually, monthly or weekly
    like tax returns, utility bills
    or putting out the bins

    Flick the switch
    and watch your woes
    burn in fires of hell

    The rich and poor
    burn at different degrees
    To sleep now(Report)Reply

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  • Mark JensenMark Jensen (1/29/2013 11:49:00 PM)

    An amusing early 19th century version of Let's Spend the Night Together.(Report)Reply

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  • Paul BrookesPaul Brookes (1/29/2012 12:53:00 PM)

    Great poem full of meaning on so many levels. : O) P.(Report)Reply

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  • Paul BrookesPaul Brookes (1/29/2012 12:51:00 PM)

    Great poem full of meanings at so many levels P: O)(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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