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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
A Book of Sonnets
The Galaxy
 
TORRENT of light and river of the air,
  Along whose bed the glimmering stars are seen
  Like gold and silver sands in some ravine
  Where mountain streams have left their channels bare!
The Spaniard sees in thee the pathway, where        5
  His patron saint descended in the sheen
  Of his celestial armor, on serene
  And quiet nights, when all the heavens were fair.
Not this I see, nor yet the ancient fable
  Of Phaeton’s wild course, that scorched the skies        10
  Where’er the hoofs of his hot coursers trod;
But the white drift of worlds o’er chasms of sable,
  The star-dust, that is whirled aloft and flies
  From the invisible chariot-wheels of God.
 
 
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