746. I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. ~Vincent Van Gogh

Night, the beloved.
Night, when words fade
and things come alive.
When the destructive analysis of day is done,
and all that is truly important
becomes whole and sound again.
When man reassembles his fragmentary self
and grows with the calm of a tree.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Vespers

The golden sun has gone, the busy day is done.
Twilight has come and with it peace draws near
To dwell an hour within my garden walls, while in
The lambent sky the first pale stars appear.
The wheeling shadows that so slowly marked the hours
Have left no impress on the tender grass,
Nor does the air hold fast the patterns bold and free
That winging birds weave as the warm days pass.
The rued pool is stilled at last, and Lily buds
Prepare to open gently to the night
And to the questing moth whose fragile, gauzy wings
Quiver too rapidly for human sight.
In. this tranquillity, touch, hearing, sight are lulled.
I am as selfless as the scented airs
That wrap me round, while daylight’s drowsy flowers
Send out the fragrance of their vesper prayers.
~Marie Nettleton Carroll

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I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. ~Psalm 16:7   ✝

**Images of Hawk (Hummingbird) Moths via Pinterest

22 thoughts on “746. I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. ~Vincent Van Gogh

  1. So lovely—–in the Anglican Church, Evensong was/ is my favorite service. It is a form of Vespers–a simple prayer, traditionally sung (with Psalms) as it was originally taken from monastic life.
    It is a combination of Vespers and Compline–quiet, reverent, soft, simple—like a warm summer evening. . .
    simply lovely—-Julie

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    • See I knew you were just a plethora of information about things great and small. We went to evensong at Westminster Abbey two years ago. You are so right in your description of the combination of Vespers and Compline! Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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