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YARROW REVISITED, AND OTHER POEMS

COMPOSED (TWO EXCEPTED) DURING A TOUR IN SCOTLAND AND ON THE ENGLISH BORDER, IN THE AUTUMN OF 1831.

XVI. TO THE PLANET VENUS, AN EVENING STAR

COMPOSED AT LOCH LOMOND

          THOUGH joy attend Thee orient at the birth
          Of dawn, it cheers the lofty spirit most
          To watch thy course when Day-light, fled from earth,
          In the grey sky hath left his lingering Ghost,
          Perplexed as if between a splendour lost
          And splendour slowly mustering. Since the Sun,
          The absolute, the world-absorbing One,
          Relinquished half his empire to the host
          Emboldened by thy guidance, holy Star,
          Holy as princely--who that looks on thee,                   10
          Touching, as now, in thy humility
          The mountain borders of this seat of care,
          Can question that thy countenance is bright,
          Celestial Power, as much with love as light?


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