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Short poem

Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)


              1Now in the West the slender moon lies low,
              2And now Orion glimmers through the trees,
              3Clearing the earth with even pace and slow,
              4And now the stately-moving Pleiades,
              5In that soft infinite darkness overhead
              6Hang jewel-wise upon a silver thread.

              7And all the lonelier stars that have their place,
              8Calm lamps within the distant southern sky,
              9And planet-dust upon the edge of space,
            10Look down upon the fretful world, and I
            11Look up to outer vastness unafraid
            12And see the stars which sang when earth was made.


2] Orion: constellation, taking the form of a hunter with a belt (easily visible) and a sword.

4] Pleiades: the seven daughters of Atlas, in Greek myth, and a group of stars in the constellation Taurus, not far from Orion.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Marjorie L. C. Pickthall, Little Songs: A Book of Poems (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1925): 69. PS 8531 I35L53 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1925
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/10

Rhyme: ababcc

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