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Thomas Campbell (1777-1844)

Song to the Evening Star


              1  Star that bringest home the bee,
              2And sett'st the weary labourer free!
              3If any star shed peace, 'tis thou,
              4    That send'st it from above,
              5Appearing when Heaven's breath and brow
              6    Are sweet as hers we love.

              7  Come to the luxuriant skies
              8Whilst the landscape's odours rise,
              9Whilst far-off lowing herds are heard,
            10    And songs, when toil is done,
            11From cottages whose smoke unstirred
            12    Curls yellow in the sun.

            13  Star of lover's soft interviews,
            14Parted lovers on thee muse;
            15Their remembrancer in heaven
            16    Of thrilling vows thou art,
            17Too delicious to be riven
            18    By absence from the heart.


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: The New Monthly Magazine. London, 1814-. AP 4 N45 ROBA.
First publication date: 1822
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP.2.151.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/24


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