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TO THE PLANET VENUS

          WHAT strong allurement draws, what spirit guides,
          Thee, Vesper! brightening still, as if the nearer
          Thou com'st to man's abode the spot grew dearer
          Night after night? True is it Nature hides
          Her treasures less and less.--Man now presides
          In power, where once he trembled in his weakness;
          Science advances with gigantic strides;
          But are we aught enriched in love and meekness?
          Aught dost thou see, bright Star! of pure and wise
          More than in humbler times graced human story;              10
          That makes our hearts more apt to sympathise
          With heaven, our souls more fit for future glory,
          When earth shall vanish from our closing eyes,
          Ere we lie down in our last dormitory?
                                                              1838.


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