Songs of Travel

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson


THE infinite shining heavens
Rose and I saw in the night
Uncountable angel stars
Showering sorrow and light.

I saw them distant as heaven,
Dumb and shining and dead,
And the idle stars of the night
Were dearer to me than bread.

Night after night in my sorrow
The stars stood over the sea,
Till lo! I looked in the dusk
And a star had come down to me.


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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "VI," Songs of Travel, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Songs of Travel (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed June 2, 2023,

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "VI." Songs of Travel, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Songs of Travel, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 2 Jun. 2023.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'VI' in Songs of Travel, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Songs of Travel, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 2 June 2023, from