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SKY
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[ Also see Astronomy Aurora Clouds Heaven Heavens Meteors Moon Night Rainbows Shadows Stars Storms Sun Sunrise Sunset Thunder Twilight ]

He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XVI, v. 2-3)

The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. This cannot be owing to anything in the stars themselves, separately considered. The number is certainly the cause. The apparent disorder augments the grandeur; for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our ideas of magnificence. Besides, the stars lie in such apparent confusion as makes it impossible, on ordinary occasions, to reckon them. This gives them the advantage of a sort of infinity.
      - Edmund Burke

"Darkly, deeply, beautifully blue,"
  As some one somewhere sings about the sky.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto IV, st. 110)

And they were canopied by the blue sky,
  So cloudless, clear, and purely beautiful,
    That God alone was to be seen in Heaven.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Dream (st. 4)

Arrestment, sudden really as a bolt out of the blue has hit strange victims.
      - Thomas Carlyle, French Revolution
         (vol. III, p. 347)

The mountain at a given distance
  In amber lies;
    Approached, the amber flits a little,--
      And that's the skies!
      - Emily Dickinson, Poems
         (XIX, second series (ed. 1891))

That golden sky, which was the doubly blessed symbol of advancing day and of approaching rest.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson's Journals
         (May 25, 1843)

To understand that the sky is everywhere blue, we need not go round the world.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The heavens are nobly eloquent of the Deity, and the most magnificent heralds of their Maker's praise.
      - James Hervey

How bravely Autumn paints upon the sky
  The gorgeous fame of Summer which is fled!
      - Thomas Hood,
        Written in a Volume of Shakespeare

Bolt from the blue.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Ode
         (I, 34)

And that inverted Bowl they call the Sky,
  Whereunder crawling coop'd we live and die,
    Lift not your hands to it for help--for it
      As impotently moves as you or I.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 72),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

The sky
  is that beautiful old parchment
    in which the sun
      and the moon
        keep their diary.
      - Alfred Kreymborg, Old Manuscript

When I look into the blue sky, it seems so deep, so peaceful, so full of a mysterious tenderness that I could lie for centuries, and wait for the dawning of the face of God out of the awful loving-kindness.
      - George MacDonald

The sky is full of tokens which speak to the intelligent.
      - Hugh Miller

The starry cope
  Of heaven.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 992)

The planets in their station list'ning stood.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 563)

From hyperborean skies
  Embodied dark, what clouds of vandals rise.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (III, l. 85)

A sky full of silent suns.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces (ch. II)

Sometimes gentle, sometimes capricious, sometimes awful, never the same for two months together; almost human in its passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, almost Divine in its infinity.
      - Bayard Ruskin,
        The True and Beautiful--The Sky

Sky is the part of creation in which Nature has done more for the sake of pleasing man, more for the sole and evident purpose of talking to him and teaching him, than in any other of her works, and it is just the part in which we least attend to her.
      - John Ruskin

The moon has set
  In a bank of jet
    That fringes the Western sky,
      The pleiads seven
        Have sunk from heaven
          And the midnight hurries by;
            My hopes are flown
              And, alas! alone
                On my weary couch I lie.
      - Sappho, Fragment,
        (J.S. Easby-Smith's translation)

This majestical roof, fretted with golden fire.
      - William Shakespeare

I have of late--but wherefore I know not--lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the earth seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire--why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)


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