Evening Star, The

Lo! in the painted oriel of the West,
Whose panes the sunken sun incarnadines,
Like a fair lady at her casement, shines
The evening star, the star of love and rest!
And then anon she doth herself divest
Of all her radiant garments, and reclines
Behind the sombre screen of yonder pines,
With slumber and soft dreams of love oppressed.
O my beloved, my sweet Hesperus!
My morning and my evening star of love!
My best and gentlest lady! even thus,
As that fair planet in the sky above,
Dost thou retire unto thy rest at night,
And from thy darkened window fades the light.

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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VENUS is the second brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and can be seen even in daylight. When Venus is west of the Sun, it rises before the Sun in the morning (this explains why it is known as the 'Morning Star') .. And when it is east of the Sun, Venus is easily seen in the evening, just after sunset (hence, the 'Evening Star') .
Planet Venus.. the so called ''Evening Star'' (but also the ''Morning Star'') .. has always been shining in poets' imagination.. and this pretty Longfellow's poem gives us a pleasant little time to share..
this poem is very beautiful