‘Hymn to the Moon’
Thou silver deity of secret night,
Direct my footsteps through the woodland shade;
Thou conscious witness of unknown delight,
The Lover’s guardian, and the Muse’s aid!
By thy pale beams I solitary rove,
To thee my tender grief confide;
Serenely sweet you gild the silent grove,
My friend, my goddess, and my guide …
I just learned that Lady Mary Worley Montagu (1689-1762) who wrote this poem is also celebrated for introducing smallpox inoculation to Britain, half a century before Edward Jenner developed vaccination against the disease.