A FALLING STAR.
Against the purple arch of night Red glows the fiery shield of Mars, And overhead the Milky Way Shines faintly with its bridge of stars. The mountain peak that guards the west Looms blackly thro’ the shadows ; now A crescent moon has climbed the height— A diamond on a swarthy brow. Hand clasped in hand are lovers twain ; Against his breast her fair head lies ; And m the cast a falling star Leaves trails of glory in the skies. “ A falling star.” she cries. “ A soul (.one forth on its last flight alone.” Apr dreams the star falls for a life That once had closely touched her own. Hereafter she will hear that he Called forth her name with his last breath. And marvel that no echo came To dim her joy with thoughts of death. First love! last love! the last is best. i irst love-dead ashes of the past: Who waits to dream of the first kiss When lips are thrilling with the last '! Kiss-aye, and vow! The starry worlds I'or centuries have viewed the same, kuch lips, such breasts, such wealth of hair, But dust to dust, from whence they came ! Kiss—aye, and vow. A sweetness lies In each new flower that seeks the sun : Iho near at hand the dead husk lies That once was just as fair a one. Love rules the world, and every gate (Save Death’s) to its bright key unbars, tunne parted lovers built across Ihe midnight sky the ‘ ‘ bridge of stars.” Lihel Mills, in the 1 Bulletin.*
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A FALLING STAR., Evening Star, Issue 10435, 2 October 1897, Supplement