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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.

The Seaside and the Fireside

By the Seaside. Chrysaor

  • In the first edition of The Seaside and the Fireside this poem bore the title of The Evening Star.

  • 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 Callirrhoë,

    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!