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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Of the Heavenly Bodies

By Roger Williams (1604?–1683)

[A Key into the Language of America. 1643.]

WHEN Sun doth rise the Stars do set,

Yet there ’s no need of Light,

God shines a Sun most glorious,

When Creatures all are Night.

The very Indian Boys can give

To many Stars their name,

And know their Course and therein do

Excel the English tame.

English and Indians none inquire,

Whose hand these Candles hold,

Who gives these Stars their Names, himself

More bright ten thousand-fold.