The Astronomer

Upon thy lofty tower,
O lonely sage,
Reading at midnight hour
Heaven's awful page.
Thine art can poise the sun
In balance true,
And countless worlds that run
Beyond our view.
Thou scannest with clear eyes
The azure cope;
To thee the galaxies
Their secrets ope;
Thou know'st the track sublime
Of every star;
Space infinite, and Time,
Thy problems are.
O sage, whose mental span
Thus grasps the sky,
How great the soul of man,
That soars so high!
But yet thou canst not guess,
With all thy skill,
What seas of happiness
My bosom fill.
Thou canst not track the woe,
The hope, the faith,
That prompt the ebb and flow
Of my poor breath.
Outspeeding with thy thought
The solar ray,
Thou canst not, knowledge-fraught,
Discern my way.
My loveā€”its depth and height,
Thou canst not sound;
Nor of my guilt's dark night
Pierce the profound.
O student of the sky,
My pride departs;
Worlds undiscover'd lie
In both our hearts.
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