Lunar Lore

Lunar Lore

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Till a silence fell with the waking bird,
  And a hush with the setting moon.
 – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Maud.”

the Moone alwaies in her encreasing,
hath the tips of her hornes turned from the Sunne toward the East:
but in the waine, contrariwise Westward.
Also that shee shineth… [increases],
and so riseth in proportion the second day forward unto the full:
and likewise decreaseth in the same manner to the change [new moon].
       – Pliny’s “Natural History,” Philemon Holland’s trans.

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