From Walt Whitman’s essays: “Full-Starr’d Nights” [published 1910]

From  “Complete prose works. Specimen days and Collect, November Boughs and Goodbye My Fancy”   by Walt Whitman, 1819-1892. Publication date: 1910.
*Source — at the end of the posting.

From the “Specimen Days” collection:
An excerpt from Walt Whitman’s essay “Full-Starr’d Nights”
(in May, along the Delaware) :

“…. The large pale thin crescent of the new moon, half an hour high, sinking languidly under a bar-sinister of cloud, and then emerging. Arcturus right overhead. A faint fragrant sea-odor wafted up from the south. The gloaming, the temper’d coolness, with every feature of the scene, indescribably soothing and tonic—one of those hours that give hints to the soul, impossible to put in a statement. (Ah, where would be any food for spirituality without night and the stars?) The vacant spaciousness of the air, and the veil’d blue of the heavens, seem’d miracles enough.

As the night advanc’d it changed its spirit and garments to ampler stateliness. I was almost conscious of a definite presence, Nature silently near. The great constellation of the Water-Serpent stretch’d its coils over more than half the heavens. The Swan with outspread wings was flying down the Milky Way. The northern Crown, the Eagle, Lyra, all up there in their places. From the whole dome shot down points of light, rapport with me, through the clear blue-black….”

*Works by this author published before January 1, 1923 are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

Project Gutenberg Ebook # 8813: “Complete Prose Works: Specimen Days and Collect, November Boughs and Goodbye My Fancy” by Walt Whitman, 1819-1892. publication date 1910. (1891: earlier publications; also published in a series of volumes).