Essay On Moonlit Night
Stars are lesser or greater only as they appear to us so.I will be thankful that I see so much as one side of a celestial idea — one side of the rainbow — and the sunset sky.The slightest irregularities in the ground are revealed by the shadows, and what the feet find comparatively smooth, appears rough and diversified in consequence.
Chancing to take a memorable walk by moonlight some years ago, I resolved to take more such walks, and make acquaintance with another side of nature: I have done so.Every plant and field and forest emits its odor now, swamp-pink in the meadow and tansy in the road; and there is the peculiar dry scent of corn which has begun to show its tassels.The senses both of hearing and smelling are more alert.I would warn my hearers that they must not try my thoughts by a daylight standard, but endeavor to realize that I speak out of the night. In Drake’s “Collection of Voyages,” Wafer says of some Albinoes among the Indians of Darien, “They are quite white, but their whiteness is like that of a horse, quite different from the fair or pale European, as they have not the least tincture of a blush or sanguine complexion.* * * Their eyebrows are milk-white, as is likewise the hair of their heads, which is very fine.The leaves of the shrub-oak are shining as if a liquid were flowing over them.The pools seen through the trees are as full of light as the sky. You see the moonlight reflected from particular stumps in the recesses of the forest, as if she selected what to shine on.I shall be a benefactor if I conquer some realms from the night, if I report to the gazettes anything transpiring about us at that season worthy of their attention — if I can show men that there is some beauty awake while they are asleep — if I add to the domains of poetry.Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day. Chalmers who said, criticising Coleridge, that for his part he wanted ideas which he could see all round, and not such as he must look at away up in the heavens.To the best of our knowledge, the text of this work is in the “Public Domain” in Australia.HOWEVER, copyright law varies in other countries, and the work may still be under copyright in the country from which you are accessing this website.