The Evening Star

Original Text: 
The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with Bibliographical and Critical Notes, Riverside Edition (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1890), I, 235.
2    Whose panes the sunken sun incarnadines,
3    Like a fair lady at her casement, shines
4    The evening star, the star of love and rest!
5And then anon she doth herself divest
6    Of all her radiant garments, and reclines
7    Behind the sombre screen of yonder pines,
8    With slumber and soft dreams of love oppressed.
10    My morning and my evening star of love!
11    My best and gentlest lady! even thus,
12As that fair planet in the sky above,
13    Dost thou retire unto thy rest at night,
14    And from thy darkened window fades the light.


1] oriel: a great bay window. Back to Line
9] Hesperus: Venus, the evening star. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
The Belfry of Bruges (1845)
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.