by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Just above yon sandy bar
Language: English 
Just above yon sandy bar,
  As the day grows fainter and dimmer,
Lonely and lovely, a single star
  Lights the air with a dusky glimmer 

Into the ocean faint and far
  Falls the trail of its golden splendor,
And the gleam of that single star
  Is ever refulgent, soft, and tender. 

Chrysaor, rising out of the sea,
  Showed thus glorious and thus emulous,
Leaving the arms of Callirrhoe,
  Forever tender, soft, and tremulous. 

Thus o'er the ocean faint and far
  Trailed the gleam of his falchion brightly;
Is it a God, or is it a star
  That, entranced, I gaze on nightly!

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  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Emil Sjögren.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-08
Line count: 16
Word count: 102