"Holy thoughts that star the night...."
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Teasdale suggests that moments of religious wonder—“Holy thoughts”—are a source of loveliness. Teasdale was raised in a religious household but strayed from any strict faith during her adult life. “Barter” seems to reflect a broader sense of spirituality. The metaphor of “Holy thoughts that star the night” evokes a feeling of cosmic wonder without attaching it to any specific tradition.
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