When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,

When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,

When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,

When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,

How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,

Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,

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In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,

Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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One Response to When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer

  1. P klod says:

    What is Obama against the majesty of our universe?

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