Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Light of Stars

The Light of Stars 

The night is come, but not too soon; 
 And sinking silently, 
All silently, the little moon 
 Drops down behind the sky. 

There is no light in earth or heaven 
 But the cold light of stars; 
And the first watch of night is given 
 To the red planet Mars. 

Is it the tender star of love? 
 The star of love and dreams? 
Oh no! from that blue tent above 
 A hero’s armor gleams. 

And earnest thoughts within me rise, 
 When I behold afar, 
Suspended in the evening skies, 
 The shield of that red star. 

O star of strength! I see thee stand 
 And smile upon my pain; 
Thou beckonest with thy mailed hand, 
 And I am strong again. 

Within my breast there is no light 
 But the cold light of stars; 
I give the first watch of the night 
 To the red planet Mars. 

The star of the unconquered will, 
 He rises in my breast, 
Serene, and resolute, and still, 
 And calm, and self-possessed. 

And thou, too, whosoe’er thou art, 
 That readest this brief psalm, 
As one by one thy hopes depart, 
 Be resolute and calm. 

Oh, fear not in a world like this, 
 And thou shalt know erelong, 
Know how sublime a thing it is 
 To suffer and be strong.

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