Have you ever seen the stars?

Have you ever seen the stars?
Twinkling Venus or the reddish Mars,
Orion or the Plough at night?
Or are you blind from sodium light?

Have you ever drunk the peace
Of silence in the still night air?
Or is your world filled without cease
With traffic noises everywhere?

And as you walk can you now hear
The swish your boots make on the grass.
Or are there footsteps everywhere,
And are you bustled as the people pass?

And when you stand in silence in the dark,
Does God’s Peace and Glory fill your heart,
Or are you afraid of what of what is out of sight
The menace you imagine in the night?

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