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

Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade
  Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall (l. 9)

She saw the snowy poles and moons of Mars,
  That marvellous field of drifted light
    In mid Orion, and the married stars--
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Palace of Art,
        unfinished lines withdrawn from later editions, appeared in foot-note to edition of 1833

But who can count the stars of Heaven?
  Who sing their influence on this lower world?
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Winter
         (l. 528)

The twilight hours, like birds flew by,
  As lightly and as free;
    Ten thousand stars were in the sky,
      Ten thousand stars on the sea.
        For every wave with dimpled face
          That leap'd upon the air,
            Had caught a star in its embrace
              And held it trembling there.
      - Mrs. Amelia Ball Welby (nee Coppuck),
        Musing--Twilight at Sea (st. 4)

Shrines to burn earth's incense on, the altar-fires of heaven!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

The innumerable stars shining in order, like a living hymn written in light.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

The stars are mansions built by nature's hand,
  And, haply, there the spirits of the blest,
    Dwell, clothed in radiance, their immortal rest.
      - William Wordsworth

But he is risen, a later star of dawn.
      - William Wordsworth, A Morning Exercise

You meaner beauties of the night,
  That poorly satisfy our eyes
    More by your number than your light;
      You common people of the skies,--
        What are you when the moon shall rise?
      - Sir Henry Wotton,
        On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia

Heaven looks down on earth with all her eyes.
      - Edward Young

The stars have fought their battles leagued with man.
      - Edward Young

Who rounded in his palm these spacious orbs
  . . . .
    Numerous as glittering gems of morning dew,
      Or sparks from populous cities in a blaze,
        And set the bosom of old night on fire.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night IX, l. 1,260)

One sun by day, by night ten thousand shine;
  And light us deep into the Deity;
    How boundless in magnificence and might.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night IX, l. 728)

Hence Heaven looks down on earth with all her eyes.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night VII, l. 1,103)


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