The celestial lights were spoken into being,
One to govern day, the other night.
They give to us the happy gift of seeing,
And shape to the day on which he made the Light.
He set the shining orbs to mark the seasons,
Of when to plow and when to rest in peace,
But they also give us hints as to the reason
God’s Light must be mediated through grace.
They also serve as symbols and as signs,
“The Heavens declare the Glory of the Lord,”
And we look to them just as the Lover pines
After the Beloved’s lingering, loving words.
And so he set them as guides and not as bars
To teach us, and he also made the stars.
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