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STARRY NIGHT, by            
First Line: I followed in the unfathomable dark
Last Line: That of all things alone will not be gone.
Subject(s): Night; Stars; Bedtime


I followed in the unfathomable dark
Patterns of planets: saw the coasts of night
Strewn with strange phosphor; fantasies of light
In heaven's profound profusion; mistless; stark --
With mad imagination I could mark --
And printed on my inmost eye the sight
Of fiery, countless fruit hung from that height
On incandescent tree of blackest bark.

You took my hand -- a finite act -- we stood
Touching the silver infinite as one.
So children, lost, bewildered in a wood
Where the bright birds sing beautifully on
Forget awhile the adjacent solitude,
That of all things alone will not be gone.





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