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09 December 2014

Red sky in the morning...


Red sky at night, shepherds delight
Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning
At least that's the version of the old rhyme that I know best. 
There is another one about sailors taking a red morning sky as a warning 


I found the following on here

The saying is very old and quite likely to have been passed on by word of mouth for some time before it was ever written down. There is a written version in Matthew XVIin the Wyclif Bible, from as early as 1395:
"The eeuenynge maad, ye seien, It shal be cleer, for the heuene is lijk to reed; and the morwe, To day tempest, for heuen shyneth heuy, or sorwful."
The Authorised Version gives that in a more familiar form:
"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 louring."
There are many later citations of the saying in literature, including this from Shakespeare, in Venus & Adonis, 1593:
"Like a red morn, that ever yet betoken'd wreck to the seaman - sorrow to shepherds."
So, that's where it originated, but why?


As a matter of interest I ventured forth in nightdress and dressing gown just to capture these pictures. The temperatures were low enough for me to think it was freezing ... it certainly felt like it. 
Oh the things I do to get blogging material!

12 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

Gorgeous photos of your sunrise and every time we have a red sky in the morning, I always remember that quote. I have been saying it my whole life.

Valerie said...

Me too, Denise. We don't get to see many sunrises but this one really stood out. It was worth photographing.

Banker Chick said...

I remember it as the sailor's version. I did not know that it was from the Bible. The things you learn.

Bethany Carson said...

Haha! Oh wow... yes, you are one of the devoted ones! The things we amatuer photographers/bloggers do for good pictures amaze me. I enjoyed the shots--the sky is beautiful. There's no time like early morning. My family and I know the sailors take warning version best.

Ron said...

Stunning captures, Valerie! That sky is GORGEOUS!

Yes, I remember that quote but had no idea of its origin, so thank you for sharing the info.

"Oh the things I do to get blogging material!"

HAHAHAHAHA! Isn't it funny what we do to get blogging material? I do the same thing!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

X to you and Joe!

L. D. said...

A beautiful sky. We don't live out in the open so we can see our sunrises.

Valerie said...

BC, I didn't know the saying was from the bible until I checked the internet. It is amazing what we find on there.

Bethany, now I'm curious. Have you sailors in the family?





Valerie said...

Ron, I do hope you don't go out in your sleepwear. It's along way down for you.... or have you a balcony?

Brian Miller said...

i have always heard the sailor's warning around here...did not know the background of it though....i still like the color in the sky regardless...

Geraldine said...

Oh how beautiful these are!!! I don't know where all these sayings come from but some of them sure make you think, don't they?

Just stopping in to say all the best to you and Joe in 2015 and have a great holiday.

I'm taking a blog break soon so doing my visiting early. ;-)

Hugs across the pond, G

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Valerie said...

Hi Geraldine. Good to see you again. I didn't know you were back from your last blog break. Certainly you haven't shown on my blog roll. I've been out all day and am really tired but I'll take a look at Mr Cheddar tomorrow.

Valerie said...

Hi Geraldine. Good to see you again. I didn't know you were back from your last blog break. Certainly you haven't shown on my blog roll. I've been out all day and am really tired but I'll take a look at Mr Cheddar tomorrow.