The Complete poems of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe

Evening Star

Evening Star (1827)

This lyric poem by Poe was first collected in Tamerlane and Other Poems early in Poe’s career in 1827. In the poem, a stargazer thinks all the stars he sees look cold, except for one “Proud Evening Star” which looks warm with a “distant fire” the other stars lack. The poem was influenced by Thomas Moore’s poem “While Gazing on the Moon’s Light”.

The poem was not included in Poe’s second poetry collection, Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems, and was never re-printed during his lifetime.

“Evening Star” was adapted by choral composer Jonathan Adams into his Three Songs from Edgar Allan Poe in 1993.

’Twas noontide of summer,

And mid-time of night;

And stars, in their orbits,

Shone pale, thro’ the light

Of the brighter, cold moon,

‘Mid planets her slaves,

Herself in the Heavens,

Her beam on the waves.

I gazed awhile

On her cold smile;

Too cold — too cold for me —

There pass’d, as a shroud,

A fleecy cloud,

And I turned away to thee,

Proud Evening Star,

In thy glory afar,

And dearer thy beam shall be;

For joy to my heart

Is the proud part

Thou bearest in Heaven at night,

And more I admire

Thy distant fire,

Than that colder, lowly light.

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