Images of the Week: “A Hymn to the Moon”

In honour of this week’s supermoon,  we have uncovered some beautiful moonscapes from the British library and the Internet Archive. They are reproduced below alongside Lady Wortley Montague’s (1689-1762) fitting poem “A Hymn to the Moon” from the 1805 collection, Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montague, written during her travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa.


    Written, in July, in an arbor.

Thou, silver deity of secret night,
Direct my footsteps thro’ the woodland shade;
Thou conscious witness of unknown delight,
The lover’s guardian, and the muse’s aid!

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By thy pale beams I solitary rove,
To thee my tender grief confide;
Serenely sweet you gild the silent grove,
My friend, my goddess and my guide,

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E’en thee, fair queen, from thy amazing height,
The charms of young Endymion drew;
Veil’d with the mantle of concealing night;
With all thy greatness, and thy coldness too.

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For more beautiful and weird images of the moon and other celestial delights see here




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