Some man of ages past

Observed their goings; and devised their titles, Forming the constellations. For the name Of each star singly none could tell or learn;— So numerous are they everywhere, and many Of the same size and color, as they roll. Thus he bethought him to combine them so, That, ranged in neighborhood, they might present Images,—each taking his proper name, And henceforth none rising to doubt or guess at.

In N.L. Frothingham Metrical Pieces The Appearances of the Stars (pp. 39-40)

Burns, Robert

...O, had I power like inclination, I'd heeze thee up a constellation! To canter with the Sagitare, Or loup the Ecliptic like a bar, Or turn the Pole like any arrow;...

The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns Epistle to Hugh Parker de Cervantes, Miguel

". ..Even if your worship will not altogether give up this exploit, put it off at least till morning. For by the science I learned when I was a shepherd, it can't be more than three hours till dawn, since the muzzle of the Bear is at the top of his head, and at midnight it is in line with the left paw."

"How can you see, Sancho, where the line is, or the muzzle, or the top of the head you speak of? The night is so dark that there is not a star to be seen in the whole sky."

"That's true," said Sancho, "but fear has many eyes, and can see things underground. So it'll easily see things up above in the sky. Besides, it's reasonable to suppose that it won't be long till dawn."

Don Quixote Part 1, Chapter 20

Donne, John

And in these Constellations then arise

New Starres, and old doe vanish from our eyes.

In Charles M. Coffin (ed.) The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne

First Anniversary

Frost, Robert

You'll wait a long, long time for anything much To happen in heaven...

Complete Poems ofRobert Frost On Looking Up By Chance at the Constellations


He wroght the earth, the heavens, and the sea; the moon also at her full and the untiring sun, with all the signs that glorify the face of heaven— the Pleiads, the Hyads, huge Orion, and the Bear, which men also call the Wain and which turns around ever in one place, facing Orion, and alone never dips into the stream of Oceanus.


Noyes, Alfred

Night after night, among the gabled roofs, Climbing and creeping through a world unknown Save to the roosting stork, he learned to find The constellations, Cassiopeia's throne, The Plough still pointing to the Pole star, The Sword-belt of Orion. There he watched The movement of the planets, hours and hours, And wondered at the mystery of it all.

The Torch-Bearers Volume I Watchers of the Sky Tycho Brahe (p. 40)

Sagan, Carl

In the night sky, when the air is clear, there is a cosmic Rorschach test awaiting us. Thousands of stars, bright and faint, near and far, in a glittering variety of colors, are peppered across the canopy of night. The eye, irritated by randomness, seeking order, tends to organize into patterns these separate and distinct points of light.

The Cosmic Connection Chapter 2 (p. 9)

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You'll wait a long, long time for anything much To happen in heaven... Robert Frost - (See p. 68)

Twain, Mark

Constellations have always been troublesome things to name. If you give one of them a fanciful name, it will always persist in not resembling the thing it has been named for.

Following the Equator Volume I Chapter 5 (p. 52)

Whitman, Walt

The earth, that is sufficient, I do not want the constellations any nearer, I know they are very well where they are, I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

In James E. Miller, Jr (ed.) Complete Poetry and Selected Prose Song of the Open Road


Keats, John

Andromeda! Sweet woman! Why delaying So timidly among the stars: come hither! Join this bright throng, and nimbly follow whither They all are going.

The Complete Poetical Works of Keats Endymion

Kingsley, Charles

High for a star in the heavens, a sign and a hope for the seamen, Spreading thy long white arms all night in the heights of the aether, Hard by thy sire and the hero, thy spouse, while near thee thy mother Sits in her ivory chair, as she plaits ambrosial tresses; All night long thou wilt shine.

Poems Andromeda


Dickinson, Emily

Arcturus is his other name,— I'd rather call him star. It's so unkind of Science To go and interfere!

The Complete Poems ofEmily Dickinson

Poem 70 Old-Fashioned

Teasdale, Sara

When, in the gold October dusk, I saw you near to setting, Arcturus, bringer of spring,

Lord of the summer nights, leaving us now in autumn,

Having no pity on our withering;...

The Collected Poems of Sara Teasdale Arcturus in Autumn


Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Now the zephyrs diminish the cold, and the year being ended, Winter Maeotian seems longer than ever before; And the Ram that bore unsafely the burden of Helle, Now makes the hours of the day equal with those of the night.

The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ovid in Exile Tristia Book III, Elegy XII


Frost, Robert

The Great Overdog, That heavenly beast With a star in one eye, Gives a leap in the East.

Complete Poems ofRobert Frost Canis Major



Then blow the fearful south-winds, when the Goat With the sun rises; and then Jove's sharp cold, Still worse, besets the stiffening mariner.

In N.L. Frothingham Metrical Pieces The Appearances of the Stars (p. 33)


Darwin, Erasmus

With vast convolutions Draco holds

Th' ecliptic axis in his scaly folds.

O'er half the skies his neck enormous rears,

And with immense meanders parts the Bears.

The Botanic Garden Part I, Canto I, XI, L. 517


Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

I hear the Scales, where hang in equipoise The night and day. . .

The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Poet's Calendar September


Hemans, Felicia

And is there glory from the heavens departed? Oh! Void unmarked!—Thy sisters of the sky Still hold their place on high,

Though from its rank thine orb so long hath started, Thou, that no more art seen of mortal eye.

The Complete Works of Mrs Hemans Volume I The Lost Pleiad


Teasdale, Sara

But when I lifted up my head From the shadows shaken on the snow, I saw Orion in the east Burn steadily as long ago.

The Collected Poems of Sara Teasdale Winter Stars

Tennyson, Alfred

...those three stars of the airy Giants' zone That glitter burnished by the frosty dark.

The Complete Poetical Works of Tennyson



Tabb, John Banister

"Who are ye with clustered light, Little Sisters seven?" "Crickets, chirping all the night On the hearth of heaven."

In Francis A. Litz (ed.) The Poetry of Father Tabb Humorous Verse The Pleiads

Tennyson, Alfred

Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade, Glitter like a swarm of fireflies in a silver braid.

The Complete Poetical Works of Tennyson Locksley Hall


Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

The Centaur, Sagittarius, am I, Born of Ixion and the cloud's embrace: With sounding hoofs across the earth I fly, A steed Thessalian with a human face.

The Poetical Works ofHenry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poet's Calendar November


Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Though on the frigid scorpion I ride, The dreamy air is full, and overflows With tender memories of the summer-tide And mingled voices of the doves and crows.

The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poet's Calendar October


Meredith, Owen

Then did I feel as one who, much perplext, Led by strange legends and the light of stars Over long regions of the midnight sand Beyond the red tract of the Pyramids, Is suddenly drawn to look upon the sky, From sense of unfamiliar light, and sees, Reveal'd against the constellated cope, The great cross of the South.

The Poetical Works of Owen Meredith Queen Guenevere


Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

I am the Virgin, and my vestal flame Burns less intensely than the Lion's rage; Sheaves are my only garments, and I claim A golden harvest as my heritage.

The Poetical Works ofHenry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poet's Calendar August

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