Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, IDYLL 16. TO THE EVENING STAR, by BION



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IDYLL 16. TO THE EVENING STAR, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hesper! Sweet aphrodite's golden light
Last Line: The lover light—his helper and his friend.
Subject(s): Evening Star


HESPER! sweet Aphrodite's golden light!
Hesper! bright ornament of swarthy Night,
Inferior to the Moon's clear sheen, as far
As thou outshinest every other star;
Dear Hesper, hail! and give thy light to me,
Leading the festive shepherd company.
For her new course to-day began the Moon,
And is already set—O much too soon!
'Tis not for impious theft abroad I stir,
Nor to way-lay the nightly traveller:
I love; and thou, bright star of love! shouldst lend
The lover light—his helper and his friend.





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