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Hesper, thou golden light of happy love,
  Hesper, thou holy pride of purple eve,
  Moon among stars, but star beside the moon,
  Hail, friend! and since the young moon sets to-night
  Too soon below the mountains, lend thy lamp
  And guide me to the shepherd whom I love.
  No theft I purpose; no wayfaring man
  Belated would I watch and make my prey:
  Love is my goal; and Love how fair it is,
  When friend meets friend sole in the silent night,
  Thou knowest, Hesper!

© Bion of Smyrna