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At Nightfall and Midnight:

MUSINGS AFTER DARK.

BY

FRANCIS JACOX,

AUTHOR OF

“CUES FROM ALL QUARTERS,” “ASPECTS OF AUTHORSHIP,"

“TRAITS OF CHARACTER,” ETC.

“In the TWILIGHT, in the EVENING, in the black and dark NIGHT."

Prov. vii. 9

“In the gloaming came the musings that take form with waning light;
And they sadden'd, and they darken’d, as eve sadden'd into night.”

Nicias Foxcar.

London:
HODDER AND STOUGHTON,
27 & 31, PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCCCLXXIII.

270. f. 381.

BUTLER & TANNER, THE SELWOOD PRINTING WORKS,

FROME, AND LONDON.

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Night-walking Noteworthies.—Poetical aspects of noctambulism.

-Sanitary question.—'Noctambule' and 'Noctivague.'-

Midnight ramblings in the streets of great cities.—Day and

night transposed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81-98

X. NIGHT STUDENTS: A CHAPTER OF INSTANCES :

Sanitary aspect of Night study, a vexed question.—Early rising

a fallacy?-Night students, imperial, astronomical, scholastic,
histrionic, etc.—Pliny, Constantine, Justinian, Avicenna,

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XI. MIDNIGHT MEMORANDA:

Getting up at night to jot down a sudden inspiration.—'The

Nocturnal Remembrancer.'—Eureka !—Composed in sleep-
absorbing ideas by night-fixing a flitting fancy-scrawling a
strophe in the dark-window-pane inscription by moonlight

184-195

XIII. SOUTHEY'S 'DAYS AMONG THE DEAD':

Living with the great Dead.—Dead to all but books—Hazlitt

on Salisbury Plain.—The old friends who are never seen with
new faces.—'Our best acquaintance are the dead.'-Time-tried
friends (on the shelf)—'C'est avec les morts qu'il faut vivre'

212–225

XIV. TAKING UP A NEW STUDY IN OLD AGE: ,

Never too old to learn.—Old boys beginning the Greek alpha-

bet.—To school in one's grand climacteric.—Graduating B.A.
at fourscore.—A medley of elderly scholars: Cato, Petrarch,

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