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

These preachers of beauty, which light the world with their admonishing smile.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hitch your wagon to a star.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Society and Solitude--Civilization

The very stars
  Tremble above, as though the Voice Divine
    Reverberated through the dread expanse.
      - Anna Katharine Green

The starres, bright sentinels of the skies.
      - William Habington (Habbington),
        Dialogue between Night and Araphil
         (l. 3)

Why, who shall talk of shrines, of sceptres riven?
  It is too sad to think on what we are,
    Then from its height afar
      A world sinks thus; and yon majestic Heaven
        Shines not the less for that one vanish'd star!
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans, The Lost Pleiad

The stars of the night
  Will lend thee their light,
    Like tapers clear without number!
      - Robert Herrick

The starres of the night
  Will lend thee their light,
    Like tapers cleare without number.
      - Robert Herrick, The Night Piece

And though they shine, some more, some less, when they are out of his sight, yet in his presence they shine no more than the stars in the presence of the sun.
      - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Still singing as they shine.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

And yet more bright
  Shines out the Julian star,
    As moon outglows each lesser light.
      [Lat., Micat inter omnes
        Iulium sidus, velut inter ignes
          Luna minores.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 12, 47)

The dawn is lonely for the sun,
  And chill and drear;
    The one lone star is pale and wan,
      As one in fear.
      - Richard Hovey, Chanson de Rosemonde

When, like an Emir of tyrannic power,
  Sirius appears, and on the horizon black
    Bids countless stars pursue their mighty track.
      - Victor Hugo, The Vanished City

It is a truly sublime spectacle when in the stillness of the night, in an unclouded sky, the stars, like the world's choir, rise and set, and as it were divide existence into two portions,--the one, belonging to the earthly, is silent in the perfect stillness of night; whilst the other alone comes forth in sublimity, pomp, and majesty. Viewed in this light, the starry heavens truly exercise a moral influence over us; and who can readily stray into the paths of immorality if he has been accustomed to live amidst such thoughts and feelings, and frequently to dwell upon them? How are we entranced by the simple splendors of this wonderful drama of nature!
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

The ignorant man takes counsel of the stars; but the wise man takes counsel of God, who made the stars.
      - Jaafar

Put three grains of sand inside a vast cathedral, and the cathedral will be more closely packed with sand than space is with stars.
      - Sir James Jeans

When sunset flows into golden glows,
  And the breath of the night is new,
    Love finds afar eve's eager star--
      That is my thought of you.
      - Robert Underwood Johnson, Star Song

Who falls for love of God shall rise a star.
      - Ben Jonson,
        Underwoods--An Epistle to a Friend (32)

God be thanked for the Milky Way that runs across the sky.
  That's the path that my feet would tread whenever I have to die.
    Some folks fall it a Silver Sword, and some a Pearly Crown,
      But the only thing I think it is, is Main Street, Heaventown.
      - Joyce Kilmer (Alfred Joyce Kilmer),
        Main Street

The stars are so far, far away!
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

The stars, heav'n sentry, wink and seem to die.
      - Nathaniel Lee, Theodosius

The thoughts of God in the heavens.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The night is calm and cloudless,
  And still as still can be,
    And the stars come forth to listen
      To the music of the sea.
        They gather, and gather, and gather,
          Until they crowd the sky,
            And listen, in breathless silence,
              To the solemn litany.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. V)

Just above yon sandy bar,
  As the day grows fainter and dimmer,
    Lonely and lovely, a single star
      Lights the air with a dusky glimmer.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chrysaor
         (st. 1)

Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
  Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
         (pt. I, st. 3)

There is no light in earth or heaven
  But the cold light of stars;
    And the first watch is given
      To the red planet Mars.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Light of Stars
         (st. 2)


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