Poetry and Sayings of the Night Sky
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When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide
and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with
much applause in the lecture room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.
- Walt Whitman
Go and catch a falling star,
get with child a mandrake root,
tell me, where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devil's foot.
- John Donne, Song
Teach me your mood,
O patient stars.
Who climb each night,
the ancient sky.
leaving on space no shade, no scars,
no trace of age, no fear to die.
- Emerson, The Poet
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe --
the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.
- Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Conclusion
Small glint of light
Streaks across the universe;
Thoughts dispell in awe.
- Pleione, Haiku
That Nature hung in Heav'n, and filled their lamps
With everlasting oil, to give due light
To the misled and lonely traveller.
- Milton, Comus
Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades or loose the bands of Orion?
- Old Testament, Job, XXXVIII, 32
Oft did I wonder why the setting sun
Should look upon us with a blushing face:
Is't not for shame of what he hath seen done,
Whilst in our hemisphere he ran his race?
-Lyman Heath, On the Setting Sun
Wake! for the Sun, who scatter'd into flight
The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heav'n, and strikes
The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light.
- Omar Khayyam, Rubaijat (translated by FitzGerald)
Stars in the summer night!
Far in yon azure deeps
Hide, hide your golden light!
She sleeps! My lady sleeps!
- Longfellow, The Spanish Student