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Evening Star
by Edgar Allan Poe

US poet, critic and short story writer. Poe is best known for his macabre horror stories including The Fall of the House of Usher, The Gold Bug and The Black Cat (1842). His key poems include Lenore (1831), The Raven (1842), Ulalume (1847). He also wrote some critical essays including The Philosophy of Composition (1846), Time and Space (1844) and The Poetic Principle (1850), and a novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (1838). Poe had a great influence on a number of writers including Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne.

Evening Star
by Edgar Allan Poe

'Twas noontide of summer,
   And midtime of night,
And stars, in their orbits,
   Shone pale, through the light
Of the brighter, cold moon.
   'Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the Heavens,
   Her beam on the waves.

   I gazed awhile
   On her cold smile;
Too cold-too cold for me--
   There passed, as a shroud,
   A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,

   Proud Evening Star,
   In thy glory afar
And dearer thy beam shall be;
   For joy to my heart
   Is the proud part
Thou bearest in Heaven at night.,
   And more I admire
   Thy distant fire,
Than that colder, lowly light.

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