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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

Star Dust

By Charles Henry Lüders (1858–1891)

INNUMERABLE ages since—before

The sun’s gold paled to silver on the moon,

Or earth ran round to take on both their hues,

A monstrous bubble, out of chaos blown,

Swelled through the dusk—grew luminous—and lit

All space an instant;—then with ringing shock

Burst!—and from out the jewelled mist there swung

Millions of stars to glow forevermore!