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Voices of the Night

The Light of the Stars
By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The night is come, but not too soon;      
     And sinking silently,
All silently, the little moon
     Drops down behind the sky.

There is no light in earth or heaven,
     But the cold light of the stars;
And the first watch of night is given
     To the red planet Mars.

Is it the tender star of love?
     The star of love and dreams?
O no!  from that blue tent above
     A hero's armor gleams.

And earnest thoughts within me rise,
     When I behold a far,
Suspended in the evening skies,
     The shield of that red star.

O star of strenght!  I see thee stand
     And smile upon my pain;
Thou beckonest with thy mailed hand
     And I am strong again.

Within my breast there is no light
     But the cold light of the stars;
I give the first watch of the night
     To the red planet Mars.

The star of the unconquered will,
     He rises in my breast,
Serene and resolute and still,
     And calm, and self-posessed.

And thou, too, whoso'ever thou art,
     That readest this brief psalm,
As one by one thy hopes depart,
     Be resolute and calm.

O fear not in a world like this,
     And thou shalt know erelong,
Know how sublime a thing it is
     To suffer and be strong.