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Something Like A Star

This is a really cool light fixture in a historic house on Elfreth's Alley. Yes, I changed the color! The whole time I was working on this, I kept hearing the song "Choose Something Like A Star" - a choral arrangement written by Randall Thompson for the poem by Robert Frost. It is from a series of Robert Frost poems made into choral music called "Frostianas". "The Road Not Taken" was another favorite. Since I couldn't get the song out of my head, I figured I'd pay homage to ol' good Robert & post the words. I sang Soprano back then. If you'd like to hear what it sounds like, it may be found on You-tube. Harvard performed it way better than our high school ever did! View On Black


O Star (the fairest one in sight),

We grant your loftiness the right

To some obscurity of cloud --

It will not do to say of night,

Since dark is what brings out your light.

Some mystery becomes the proud.

But to be wholly taciturn

In your reserve is not allowed.


Say something to us we can learn

By heart and when alone repeat.

Say something! And it says "I burn."

But say with what degree of heat.

Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.

Use language we can comprehend.

Tell us what elements you blend.


It gives us strangely little aid,

But does tell something in the end.

And steadfast as Keats' Eremite,

Not even stooping from its sphere,

It asks a little of us here.

It asks of us a certain height,

So when at times the mob is swayed

To carry praise or blame too far,

We may choose something like a star

To stay our minds on and be staid.


Choose Something Like a Star by Robert Frost - 1947

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Taken on February 19, 2012