When the starry host shine on high
Like silver glist’ning in the sky,
How exhilaration does flow
Thro’ my veins like chilly snow!
These soldiers that guard the darkness,
That steal from thieves their happiness,
That spy on lovers’ secrecy
And drift them more to ecstasy,
Will dim away when dawn draws nigh
Without a breath, nor moan, nor sigh.