Stars

Original Text: 
Marjorie L. C. Pickthall, Little Songs: A Book of Poems (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1925): 69. PS 8531 I35L53 Robarts Library.
1Now in the West the slender moon lies low,
3Clearing the earth with even pace and slow,
5In that soft infinite darkness overhead
6Hang jewel-wise upon a silver thread.
7And all the lonelier stars that have their place,
8Calm lamps within the distant southern sky,
9And planet-dust upon the edge of space,
10Look down upon the fretful world, and I
11Look up to outer vastness unafraid
12And see the stars which sang when earth was made.

Notes

2] Orion: constellation, taking the form of a hunter with a belt (easily visible) and a sword. Back to Line
4] Pleiades: the seven daughters of Atlas, in Greek myth, and a group of stars in the constellation Taurus, not far from Orion. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1925
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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