The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve. Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (c. 1595-96), Act V, scene 1, line 370.
Midnight! the outpost of advancing day! The frontier town and citadel of night!Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Midnight, yet not a nose from Tower Hill to Piccadilly snored!