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STARS
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[ Also see Astronomy Evening Heaven Heavens Midnight Moon Nature Night Sky Sun Sunrise Sunset Twilight ]

Like the lost pleiad seen no more below.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Beppo (st. 14)

Where Andes, giant of the western star,
  With meteor standard to the winds unfurl'd.
      - Lord John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell,
        Pleasures of Hope (pt. I)

In yonder pensile orb, and every sphere
  That gems the starry girdle of the year.
      - Lord John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell,
        Pleasures of Hope (pt. II, l. 194)

And the sentinel stars set their watch in the sky.
      - Lord John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell,
        The Soldier's Dream

A star is beautiful; it affords pleasure, not from what it is to do, or to give, but simply by being what it is. It befits the heavens; it has congruity with the mighty space in which it dwells. It has repose; no force disturbs its eternal peace. It has freedom; no obstruction lies between it and infinity.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The chambers of the East are opened in every land, and the sun come forth to sow the earth with orient pearl. Night, the ancient mother, follows him with her diadem of stars. * * * Bright creatures! how they gleam like spirits through the shadows of innumerable eyes from their thrones in the boundless depths of heaven.
      - Thomas Carlyle

When I gaze into the stars, they look down upon me with pity from their serene and silent spaces, like eyes glistening with tears over the little lot of man. Thousands of generations, all as noisy as our own, have been swallowed up by time, and there remains no record of them any more. Yet Arcturus and Orion, Sirius and Pleiades, are still shining in their courses, clear and young, as when the shepherd first noted them in the plain of Shinar!
      - Thomas Carlyle

Now twilight lets her curtain down
  And pins it with a star.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

No one sees what is before his feet: we all gaze at the stars.
  [Lat., Quod est ante pedes nemo spectat: coeli scrutantur plagas.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Divinatione (II, 13)

While twilight's curtain gathering far,
  Is pinned with a single diamond star.
      - M'Donald Clarke ("The Mad Poet"),
        Death in Disguise (l. 227)

Whilst twilight's curtain spreading far
  Was pinned with a single star.
      - M'Donald Clarke ("The Mad Poet"),
        Death in Disguise (l. 227),
        as it appeared in Boston ed. 1733

It is a gentle and affectionate thought, that in immeasurable height above us, at our first birth, the wreath of love was woven with sparkling stars for flowers.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The stars hang bright above, silent, as if they watched the sleeping earth.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Hast thou a charm to stay the morning-star
  In his steep course?
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        Hymn in the Vale of Chamouni

Or soar aloft to be the spangled skies
  And gaze upon her with a thousand eyes.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        Lines on an Autumnal Evening

No star seemed less than what science has taught us that it is.
      - James Fenimore Cooper

A single star is rising in the east, and from afar sheds a most tremulous lustre; silent Night doth wear it like a jewel on her brow.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)

All for Love, or the Lost Pleiad.
      - Joseph Stirling Coyne,
        the title of a play produced in London, Jan. 16, 1838

The stars that have most glory have no rest.
      - Samuel Daniel, History of the Civil War
         (bk. VI, st. 104)

The eternal jewels of the short-lived night.
      - Mary Mapes Dodge

The gems of heaven, that gild night's sable throne.
      - John Dryden

The world is great; the stars are golden fruit upon a tree all out of reach.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The stars are golden fruit upon a tree
  All out of reach.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. II)

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how men would believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the City of God which has been shown!
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Teach me your mood, O patient stars! who climb each night the ancient sky.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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