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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
The Shepherd to the Evening Star
By John Addington Symonds (1840–1893)
 
STAR of my soul, arise;
  Show forth thy silver shining!
For thee the sunset skies
  With love and light are pining:
The tents of evening spread for thee        5
Their rich and radiant canopy.
 
All day the tender lemon trees
  Above the pathway bending
Drooped their still boughs in odorous ease,
  Thine advent cool attending:        10
But now the little winds that blow
Sway their faint petals to and fro.
 
The dim mysterious avenues
  Of olives interwoven
Respire again, and drink the dews;        15
  And where their skirts are cloven,
Black funeral flames of cypresses
Shoot skyward from the purple seas.
 
My sheep and goats are housed: their bells
  Keep silence on the meadow;        20
And solitude hath spread the fells
  With her aërial shadow;
I scarce can hear a sound, or see
A single thing to hinder thee.
 
Come, star! Come, lover! Let me feel        25
  The wonder of thy kisses:
Breathe in my brain the thoughts that steal
  Through heaven’s blue wildernesses:
But when the maiden moon is free,
Leave me to sleep and dream of thee!        30
 
 
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