TO JANE: "THE KEEN STARS WERE TWINKLING" - William Shakespeare Poems


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      The keen stars were twinkling,
And the fair moon was rising among them,
           Dear Jane.
The guitar was tinkling,
      But the notes were not sweet till you sung them

      As the moon's soft splendour
O'er the faint cold starlight of Heaven
           Is thrown,
      So your voice most tender
To the strings without soul had then given
           Its own.

      The stars will awaken,
Though the moon sleep a full hour later
      No leaf will be shaken
Whilst the dews of your melody scatter

      Though the sound overpowers,
Sing again, with your dear voice revealing
           A tone
      Of some world far from ours,
Where music and moonlight and feeling
           Are one.