Ah! because the dazzling sun Restored my earth to joy Why, have you departed, every one, And left a desert sky? Thru the glorious night, your eyes Were gazing down in mine And with a full heart's thankful sighs I blessed that watch divine! I was at peace, and drank your beams As they were life to me Thought followed thought, star followed star Thru boundless regions on while one sweet influence near and far, Thrilled thru and proved us one. Why did the morning rise to break so great, so pure a spell And scorch with fire the tranquil cheek Where your cool radiance fell? O stars and dreams and Gentle Night O Night and stars return! And hide me from the hostile light That does not warm, but burn
1: omitted by Mitchell.
2: added by Mitchell.
- by Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848), "Stars", appears in Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, first published 1846 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by John Mitchell (b. 1941), "Stars", op. 17 no. 7 (1976), from Visions from the Earth, no. 7. [text verified 1 time]
Set in a modified version by Terry Fisk, Alfred Jepson.
Researcher for this text: Victoria Brago
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