Ab astris

Ab astris  (1848)  by Anne Lynch Botta
from Poems (1848)

           I saw the stars swept through ethereal space,
           Stars, suns, and systems in infinity,---
           Our earth an atom in the shoreless sea,
           Where each had its appointed path and place:
           And I was lost in my own nothingness.
           But then I said, Dost thou not know that He
           Who guides these orbs through trackless space guides thee?

           No longer groveling thus, thyself abase,
           For in this vast, harmonious, perfect whole,
           In infinite progression moving on,
           Thou hast thy place, immortal human soul,
           Thy place and part not less than star and sun;
           Then with this grand procession fall in line,
           This rhythmic march led on by power divine.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.