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

Forever singing, as they shine,
  The hand that made us is divine.
      - Joseph Addison

The spacious firmament on high,
  With all the blue ethereal sky,
    And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
      Their great Original proclaim.
        Forever singing, as they shine,
          The hand that made us is divine.
      - Joseph Addison,
        Ode--The Spacious Firmament on High

Beyond the stars--what?
  Is it the beginning or end you see?
    For beyond the stars--what?
      - Anonymous

Stars which stand as thick as dewdrops on the field of heaven.
      - Philip James Bailey

What are ye orbs?
  The words of God? the Scriptures of the skies?
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Everywhere)

Surely the stars are images of love.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Garden and Bower by the Sea)

The stars,
  Which stand as thick as dewdrops on the fields
    Of heaven.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus (sc. Heaven)

All these stupendous objects are daily around us; but because they are constantly exposed to our view, they never affect our minds, so natural is it for us to admire new, rather than grand objects. Therefore the vast multitude of stars which diversify the beauty of this immense body does not call the people together; but when any change happens therein, the eyes of all are fixed upon the heavens.
      - Saint Basil (Bishop of Caesarea) ("The Great")

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
      - Bible, I Peter (ch. I, v. 19-20)

Canst thou bind, the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXVIII, v. 31)

Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXVIII, v. 32)

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXVIII, v. 6-7)

They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
      - Bible, Judges (ch. V, v. 20)

When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. II, v. 9)

The stars in order twinkle in the skies,
  And fall in silence, and in silence rise.
      - William Broome

Oh, Constellations of the early night
  That sparkled brighter as the twilight died,
    And made the darkness glorious! I have seen
      Your rays grow dim upon the horizon's edge
        And sink behind the mountains. I have seen
          The great Orion, with his jewelled belt,
            That large-limbed warrior of the skies, go down
              Into the gloom. Beside him sank a crowd
                Of shining ones.
      - William Cullen Bryant

The sad and solemn night
  Hath yet her multitude of cheerful fires;
    The glorious host of light
      Walk the dark hemisphere till she retires;
        All through her silent watches, gliding slow,
          Her constellations come, and climb the heavens, and go.
      - William Cullen Bryant,
        Hymn to the North Star

When stars are in the quiet skies,
  Then most I pine for thee;
    Bend on me then thy tender eyes,
      As stars look on the sea.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        When Stars are in the Quiet Skies

Magnificence is likewise a source of the sublime. A great profusion of things which are splendid or valuable in themselves is magnificent. The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur.
      - Edmund Burke

The number is certainly the cause. The apparent disorder augments the grandeur, for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our ideas of magnificence. Besides, the stars lie in such apparent confusion, as makes it impossible on ordinary occasion to reckon them. This gives them the advantage of a sort of infinity.
      - Edmund Burke,
        On the Sublime and the Beautiful--Magnificence

A grisly meteor on his face.
      - Samuel Butler (1),
        Cobbler and Vicar of Bray

This hairy meteor did announce
  The fall of sceptres and of crowns.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, 247)

Cry out upon the stars for doing
  Ill offices, to cross their wooing.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto I, l. 17)

O thou beautiful
  And unimaginable ether! and
    Ye multiplying masses of increased
      And still increasing lights! what are ye? what
        Is this blue wilderness of interminable
          Air, where ye roll along, as I have seen
            The leaves along the limpid streams of Eden?
              Is your course measur'd for ye? Or do ye
                Sweep on in your unbounded revelry
                  Through an aerial universe of endless
                    Expansion,--at which my soul aches to think,--
                      Intoxicated with eternity?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The sky
  Spreads like an ocean hung on high,
    Bespangled with those isles of light
      So wildly, spiritually bright.
        Whoever gaz'd upon them shining,
          And turn'd to earth without repining,
            Nor wish'd for wings to flee away,
              And mix with their eternal ray?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)


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