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

Stars of the summer night!
  Far in yon azure deeps
    Hide, hide your golden light!
      She sleeps!
        My lady sleeps!
          Sleeps.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student--Serenade

A wise man,
  Watching the stars pass across the sky,
    Remarked:
      In the upper air the fireflies move more slowly.
      - Amy Lowell, Meditation

Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
      - Christopher Marlowe

On the wide-stretching plains of western Asia, in the warm cloudless Assyrian night, with the lamps of heaven flashing out their radiance in uninterrupted splendor from the centre to the boundless horizon, it was no wonder that students and sages should have accepted for deities those distant worlds of fire on which eyes, brain, hopes, thoughts, and aspirations were nightly fixed.
      - George John Whyte Melville

The evening star, love's harbinger, appeared.
      - John Milton

The star that bids the shepherd fold,
  Now the top of heaven doth hold.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 93)

So sinks the day-star in the ocean-bed,
  And yet anon repairs his drooping head,
    And tricks his beams, and with new-spangled ore
      Flames in the forehead of the morning sky.
      - John Milton, Lycidas (l. 168)

Brightest seraph, tell
  In which of all these shining orbs hath man
    His fixed seat, or fixed seat hath none,
      But all these shining orbs his choice to dwell.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 667)

At whose sight all the stars
  Hide their diminish'd heads.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 34)

Now glowed the firmament
  With living sapphires; Hesperus, that led
    The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon,
      Rising in clouded majesty, at length
        Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light,
          And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 604)

The starry cope
  Of heaven.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 992)

And made the stars,
  And set them in the firmament of heav'n,
    T' illuminate the earth, and rule the day
      In their vicissitude, and rule the night.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 348)

Hither, as to their fountain, other stars
  Repairing in their golden urns draw light,
    And hence the morning planet gilds her horns.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 364)

A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold,
  And pavement stars.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 577)

Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
  Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
    The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
      The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose.
        Hail, bounteous May, that doth inspire
          Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
            Woods and groves are of thy dressing,
              Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing,
                Thus we salute thee with our early song,
                  And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
      - John Milton, Song--On May Morning

Stars are the daisies that begem
  The blue fields of the sky,
    Beheld by all, and everywhere,
      Bright prototypes on high.
      - David Macbeth Moir (known as Delta),
        The Daisy (st. 5),
        Dublin University Magazine

The quenchless stars, so eloquently bright,
  Untroubled sentries of the shadow'y night.
      - James Montgomery,
        Omnipresence of the Deity

But soon, the prospect clearing,
  By cloudless starlight on he treads
    And thinks no lamp so cheering
      As that light which Heaven sheds.
      - Thomas Moore, I'd Mourn the Hopes

The stars stand sentinel by night.
      - John Norris of Bemerton

Would that I were the heaven, that I might be
  All full of love-lit eyes to gaze on thee.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}, To Stella,
        in "Anthologia Plata", vol. V, p. 317

Led by the light of the Maeonian star.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. III, l. 89)

Ye little stars, hide your diminish'd rays.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 282)

Starry Crowns of Heaven
  Set in azure night!
    Linger yet a little
      Ere you hide your light:--
        Nay; let Starlight fade away,
          Heralding the day!
      - Adelaide Anne Procter, Give Place

No star is ever lost we once have seen,
  We always may be what we might have been.
      - Adelaide Anne Procter, Legend of Provence

One naked star has waded through
  The purple shallows of the night,
    And faltering as falls the dew
      It drips its misty light.
      - James Whitcomb Riley, The Beetle


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