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First Line: What are stars but hieroglyphics of god's glory writ in lightning
Last Line: For the stars forever blooming in the gardens of the sky.
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical


What are stars, but hieroglyphics of God's glory writ
in lightning
On the wide-unfolded pages of the azure scroll above?
But the quenchless apotheoses of thoughts forever
brightening
In the mighty Mind immortal of the God, whose name
is LOVE?
Diamond letters sculptured, rising, on the azure
ether pages,
That now sing to one another -- unto one another
shine --
God's eternal Scripture talking, through the midnight, to
the Ages,
Of the life that is immortal, of the life that is divine --
Life that cannot be immortal, but the life that is divine.
Like some deep, impetuous river from the fountains
everlasting,
Down the serpentine soft valley of the vistas of all
Time,
Over cataracts of adamant uplifted into mountains,
Soared his soul to God in thunder on the wings of
thought sublime,
With the rising golden glory of the sun in ministrations,
Making oceans metropolitan of splendor for the
dawn --
Piling pyramid on pyramid of music for the nations --
Sings the Angel who sits shining everlasting in the
sun,
For the stars, which are the echoes of the shining of the
sun.
Like the lightnings piled on lightnings, ever rising, never
reaching,
In one monument of glory towards the golden gates of
God --
Voicing out themselves in thunder upon thunder in
their preaching,
Piled this Cyclop up his Epic where the Angels never
trod.
Like the fountains everlasting that forever more are
flowing
From the throne within the centre of the City built on
high,
With their genial irrigation life forever more bestowing --
Flows his lucid, liquid river through the gardens of the
sky,
For the stars forever blooming in the gardens of the sky.






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