Rest therefore, free from all despite,These concluding lines of Herman Melville's poem "Immolated" picture the poetic effusions of youth as metaphorical children, somehow sacrificed yet safe and secure in the embrace of maternal night. Melville's vivid image is borrowed from the popular allegorical depiction of Night as a winged female figure, in flight with her twin children Sleep and Death.
Snugged in the arms of comfortable night.
|Samuel Amsler, Night (1826), After Thorvaldsen's Relief|
Yes in those days Thorvaldsen's Night was all over the place, even Nathaniel Hawthorne's bed. Sketched there on the headboard by his wife Sophia, according to Julia Ward Howe:
|from The Critic (June 18, 1881)|
See Night with her Children Sleep and Death at 7:09