Red Sky at Morning


Red sky at morning
sailors take warning…

Today’s rain came as no surprise after we awoke to this glorious sunrise. But who can complain about a bit of dampness after a show like this? ‘Twas worth waking up early for!

Here in Britain, of course, it is voiced a bit differently:

Red sky at night, shepherds’ delight;
Red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning.

Both versions apparently echo William Shakespeare:

Like a red morn that ever yet betokened, Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field,
Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds,Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds.
Venus and Adonis

And what I didn’t know is that Jesus said it, too:

When it is evening, you say, “It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.”
And in the morning, “It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.”
Matthew 16:2-3

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