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Gloomy Night Embraced the Place
Crashaw's poem is said to have been inspired by Corregio's painting "La Notte" and may also have been influenced by the medieval Latin hymn "Stabat Mater Speciosa" (not to be confused with "Stabat Mater Preciosa.") The old English tune, collected by Cecil Sharp, was originally set to the carol, "On Christmas night all Christians sing." Words in the text in square brackets have been added to bring the poem into a uniform 88. 88. 88 meter.

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"La Notte" by Antonio da Correggio (1489-1534)
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