Scottish Poetry Selection
- To the Evening Star

The "evening star" in this poem by Thomas Campbell (1777-1841) is probably not a star at all, but the planet Venus - which can also be the "morning star" depending on its orbit, relative to Earth. After the sun and moon, Venus is the brightest object in the sky.

      To the Evening Star

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

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

Star of love's soft interviews,
   Parted lovers on thee muse.
Their remembrancer in heaven
   Of thrilling vows thou art,
Too delicious to be riven
   By absence from the heart.

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