Starry Heavens

09/05/2012

In another installment about my joy of poetry, and the sharing of poems I’ve memorized for recital, here is an incredible piece that I put to memory two decades ago. The style may be old-fashioned. It is over one hundred and eighty years old. Regardless, I feel that it begs to be read aloud, with a feeling of love for starry nights and an uptempo joy in the voice.

If you find enjoyment in star-gazing, I encourage you to give it a try. Encourage your inner theatrical side, and surprise others by reading this out loud at your next campfire or backyard gathering, especially on a brightly moonlit night. May you and yours enjoy the passionate quality of this wonderful piece of poetry.

 

The Starry Heavens

Robert Montgomery (1807-1855)

 

Ye quenchless stars! So eloquently bright,

Untroubled sentries of the shadowy night,

While half the world is lapped in downy dreams,

And round the lattice creep your midnight beams,

How sweet to gaze upon your placid eyes,

In lambent beauty looking from the skies;

And when, oblivious of the world we stray,

At dead of night, along some noiseless way,

How the heart mingles with the moonlit hour,

As if the starry heavens suffused a power;

And full in her dreamy light the moon presides,

Shrined in a halo, mellowing as she rides,

And far around the forest and the stream,

Bathe in the beauty of her emerald beam.

33 responses to Starry Heavens

  1. 

    Thank you sooooo much for sharing…breath taking. You are a brilliant collection of poetry Gina. xo

  2. 

    I love these types of posts, Gina. Thank you for sharing this special poem and info about its poet.
    Russ

  3. 

    just beautiful and inspirational, thank you so much for sharing! My love to you!

  4. 

    Thank you for visiting my site and following, your site looks amazing….

  5. 

    What a lovely poem! I haven’t heard it before, thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  6. 

    I’m not outside but read it out loud anyway! Love it!

  7. 

    how fun — love poetry

  8. 

    What beautiful words Gina. And what a great idea to read it aloud. I’m going to share this with my six-year old son when he gets back from school today. I think he will enjoy the rhythm and sounds of the words. Hugs and thinking of you with warm thoughts xxx Sharon

    • 

      Hello Sharon, thank you for this delightful comment. Being able to share this very old poem here, and that you enjoy it enough to share with your son feels almost magical to me. Like wonderful ripples of life, helping this poet’s wise works continue to be enjoyed. Your visits mean so much and the tardiness in replying is only due to my not having signed on for a while. You are appreciated always. With grateful hugs! XO Gina

  9. 

    so lovely!. I love the moon light, a couple of years ago we had lots of snow here in Wales (uk), and one night the moon was shining brightly over the snow, it was an amazing sight, it felt surreal! This poem describes so well the beautiful power of the night sky. Thank you Gina for sharing.

    • 

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Veronique! I know exactly what you mean about how certain nights can be so beautiful as to feel surreal. The snow here in Canada also has a magical quality when the moon is full and shining her light all around. So glad you enjoyed. Thanks again for your comment.

  10. 

    Just to let you know I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”, with thanks for bringing me so much joy through your blog. You can find the details about how to proceed with accepting it (if you choose to) at this link: http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/with-joy-and-gratitude-one-lovely-blog-award/

    with love light and JOY

    • 

      Sweet Jane! First of all, congratulations to YOU for you do have a Lovely Blog (actually many lovely blogs). I am deeply grateful that you enjoy this blog and have included it in your list. I just get too overwhelmed to participate in awards but I am very thankful to be included. Wishing you many blessings, always! With love and light, Gina

      • 

        I understand completely…I’ve given up the award business as well…but it was important for me to get your name out there so others could find YOUR wonderful blog as well 🙂
        much love light and JOY

  11. 

    I have nominated you for the lovely blog award. 🙂
    Please on the the following link for info. http://inkarasworld.com/2012/09/12/nominated-one-lovely-blog-award/

    • 

      Kara, you are so sweet! YOU indeed deserve the Lovely Blog Award, and my congratulations to you. I am deeply grateful that you enjoy this blog and have included it in your list. I get too overwhelmed to participate in awards but I am very thankful to be included in your list. Hugs! 🙂

  12. 

    Having an appropriate poem or quote on hand is a great pleasure and this one would be wonderful under the night sky.

  13. 

    This is such a rich and interesting collection of poems. Thanks for sharing 🙂