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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
The Seaside and the Fireside
By the Seaside.
          In the first edition of The Seaside and the Fireside this poem bore the title of The Evening Star.

JUST above yon sandy bar,
  As the day grows fainter and dimmer,
Lonely and lovely, a single star
  Lights the air with a dusky glimmer.
Into the ocean faint and far        5
  Falls the trail of its golden splendor,
And the gleam of that single star
  Is ever refulgent, soft, and tender.
Chrysaor, rising out of the sea,
  Showed thus glorious and thus emulous,        10
Leaving the arms of Callirrhoë,
  Forever tender, soft, and tremulous.
Thus o’er the ocean faint and far
  Trailed the gleam of his falchion brightly;
Is it a God, or is it a star        15
  That, entranced, I gaze on nightly!

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