One morning, when a windy golden sunrise was billowing over the gulf in waves of light, a certain weary stork flew over the bar of Four Winds Harbor on his way from the Land of Evening Stars
An evening star
shining over a dark pine tree is the whitest thing in the universe--because it is LIVING whiteness--whiteness possessing a soul.
The two halted, the nearer to us standing and facing Sun- bury, the remoter being a grey indistinctness towards the evening star
, away towards Staines.
This disquieting apparition was stretching out its arms toward the west, as if in supplication for the evening star
, which, certainly, was an alluring object, though obviously out of reach.
In truth, I was occupied by gloomy thoughts and neither saw the descent of the evening star
nor the golden sunrise reflected in the Rhine.
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.
I know not whether the fair Rowena would have been altogether satisfied with the species of emotion with which her devoted knight had hitherto gazed on the beautiful features, and fair form, and lustrous eyes, of the lovely Rebecca; eyes whose brilliancy was shaded, and, as it were, mellowed, by the fringe of her long silken eyelashes, and which a minstrel would have compared to the evening star
darting its rays through a bower of jessamine.
There was to be no rain, after all; the clouds rolled off to the horizon again, making the great purple rampart and long purple isles of that wondrous land which reveals itself to us when the sun goes down,--the land that the evening star