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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. The Stars
By Park Benjamin (1809–1864)
WHAT marvel is it, that, in other lands
  And ancient days, men worshipped the divine
  And brilliant majesty of stars that shine
Pure in their lofty spheres, like angel-bands?
With a deep reverence, when evening came,        5
  With her high train of shadows, have I bowed
Beneath the heaven, as each new-lighted flame
  Glowed in the sapphire free from mist or cloud:
A holy presence seemed to fill the air,
  Invisible spirits, such as live in dreams,        10
  Came floating down on their celestial beams,
And from my heart there rose a silent prayer.
  What marvel, then, that men of yore could see
  In each bright star a glorious deity?

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