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

Thus some who have the Stars survey'd
  Are ignorantly led
    To think those glorious Lamps were made
      To light Tom Fool to bed.
      - Nicholas Rowe,
        Song on a Fine Woman Who Had a Dull Husband

O powers illimitable! it is but the outer hem of God's great mantle our poor stars do gem.
      - John Ruskin

Hesperus bringing together
  All that the morning star scattered.
      - Sappho XIV, (translation by Bliss Carmen)

Her blue eyes sought the west afar,
  For lovers love the western star.
      - Sir Walter Scott,
        The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto III, st. 24)

There is no easy way to the stars from the earth.
  [Lat., Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Furens (act II, 437)

Give me my Romeo: and, when he shall die,
  Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    And he will make the face of heaven so fine
      That all the world will be in love with night,
        And pay no worship to the garish sun.
      - William Shakespeare

The stars above govern our condition.
      - William Shakespeare

The unfolding star calls up the shepherd.
      - William Shakespeare

These blessed candles of the night.
      - William Shakespeare

This majestical roof, fretted with golden fire.
      - William Shakespeare

Those gold candles fixed in heaven's air.
      - William Shakespeare

Our Jovial star reigned at his birth, and in
  Our temple was he married.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Jupiter at V, iv)

The skies are painted with unnumb'red sparks
  They are all fire, and every one doth shine;
    But there's but one in all doth hold his place.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Julius Caesar at III, i)

Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere,
  Nor can one England brook a double reign
    Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at V, iv)

It is the stars,
  The stars above us govern our conditions;
    Else one self mate and make could not beget
      Such different issues.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Kent at IV, iii)

Look, th' unfolding star calls up the shepherd.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at IV, iii)

For by these blessed candles of the night,
  Had you bee there I think you would have begged
    The ring of me to give the worthy doctor.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at V, i)

Look how the floor of heaven
  Is thick inlaid with patens of bright gold.
    There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st
      But in his motion like an angel sings,
        Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins;
          Such harmony is in immortal souls,
            But whilst this muddy vesture decay
              Both grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Lorenzo at V, i)

O that my spirit were yon heaven of night,
  Which gazes on thee with its thousand eyes.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Revolt of Islam
         (IV, 36)

He that strives to touch a star,
  Oft stumbles at a straw.
      - Edmund Spenser, Shepherd's Calendar--July

They send their shout to the stars.
  [Lat., Clamorem ad sidera mittunt.]
      - Statius (Publius Papanius Statius),
        Thebais (XII, 521)

As shaking terrors from his blazing hair,
  A sanguine comet gleams through dusky air.
      - Torquato Tasso, Jerusalem Delivered
         (l. 581), (Hoole's translation)

Twinkle, twinkle, little star!
  How I wonder what you are,
    Up above the worlds so high,
      Like a diamond in the sky!
      - Ann Taylor (Mrs. Gilbert),
        Rhymes for the Nursery--The Star

Each separate star
  Seems nothing, but a myriad scattered stars
    Break up the Night, and make it beautiful.
      - Bayard Taylor, Lars (bk. III, last lines)

The stars shall be rent into threds of light,
  And scatter'd like the beards of comets.
      - Jeremy Taylor,
        Sermon I--Christ's Advent to Judgment


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