The Southern Cross
N N, Philadelphia
Extract, Travelogue; Poetry
Montgomery, ed. 1831
Exploration, Astronomy, Theology of Nature, Piety
The poem begins with a text quoted from Montgomery ed. 1831 concerning constellations of the southern hemisphere. The poem itself provides a meditation on the subject as if written by the narrators of the travelogue. In everything they see, the narrators 'read the universal law / That "God is good," engraven there'. 'The many forms which nature knows, / Are varied round this earthly ball; / But he, the God whence nature flows, / Is every where upholding all'. (143) The sight of the 'southern cross' and the 'northern crown' leads to pious thoughts.
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