Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
Song: ‘We sail toward evening’s lonely star’
By Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835–1894)
WE sail toward evening’s lonely star
  That trembles in the tender blue;
One single cloud, a dusky bar,
  Burnt with dull carmine through and through,
Slow smouldering in the summer sky,        5
  Lies low along the fading west
How sweet to watch its splendors die,
  Wave-cradled thus and wind-caressed!
The soft breeze freshens, leaps the spray
  To kiss our cheeks, with sudden cheer;        10
Upon the dark edge of the bay
  Light-houses kindle, far and near,
And through the warm deeps of the sky
  Steal faint star-clusters, while we rest
In deep refreshment, thou and I,        15
  Wave-cradled thus and wind-caressed.
How like a dream are earth and heaven,
  Star-beam and darkness, sky and sea;
Thy face, pale in the shadowy even.
  Thy quiet eyes that gaze on me!        20
O realize the moment’s charm,
  Thou dearest! we are at life’s best,
Folded in God’s encircling arm,
  Wave-cradled thus and wind-caressed.

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