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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Selected Sonnets.
V. The Stars
By Henry Ellison (1811–1880)
(From “Mad Moments”)

THE STARS come forth, a silent hymn of praise
  To the great God, and shining every one,
  Make up the glorious harmony, led on
By Hesperus their Chorister; each plays
A part in the grand concert with its rays,        5
  And yet so stilly, modestly, as none
  Claimed to himself ought of the good thus done
By all together, mingled in soft blaze.
Each has his path, there moves unerringly,
  Nor seeks for empty fame, do we as they.        10
  Let each soul lend its utmost light, each play
In the grand concert of Humanity
  Its destined part;—then mankind on its way
Shall move as surely as those stars on high.

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