Sarah Williams

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Sarah Williams (1837–1868) was an English poet, most famous as the author of "The Old Astronomer", also known as "The Old Astronomer to His Pupil".

A segment of her poem[1] is used in the introduction to Ian Rankin's novel Set in Darkness.

Though my soul may set in darkness,
it will rise in perfect light.
I have loved the stars too fondly
to be fearful of the night.


  1. ^ _Best Loved Poems of the American People_, Hazel Felleman, ed. Garden City Publishing Co., Garden City NY: 1936, pp. 613-614

"The Old Astronomer"