- The night has a thousand eyes,
- And the day but one;
- Yet the light of the bright world dies
- With the dying sun.
- The mind has a thousand eyes,
- And the heart but one;
- Yet the light of a whole life dies
- When love is done.
The poem is composed of two quatrains, both with the same ABAB pattern. It does not have a specific syllabic meter.
The author, Francis William Bourdillon, was a British poet who was born 22 March 1852, and who died 13 January 1921.
"The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" was published in Ailes d'alouette in 1891, and A Victorian Anthology, a collection of poems by Edmund Clarence Stedman, in 1895.
Usage in A Series of Unfortunate Events
The poem is used in The End as Kit's final words. As she lays on the beach of The Island, dying from poisoning from the Medusoid Mycelium, she recites the poem to Count Olaf and the Baudelaire children.
In the Netflix Adaptation, Count Olaf recites the first half of the poem, and Kit recites the second half in response. It's no longer her final words, which are instead changed to after giving birth to Beatrice, "Promise me she wo- won't be alone."