This morning in West Wollongong:
Looks pretty, eh! But we should perhaps take heed. “Red sky on the morning, shepherd’s warning./Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight.” That is the version my father taught me. But see Wikipedia on it: quite fascinating.
A similar adage appears in a poem by William Shakespeare. He said something similar in his Venus and Adonis (1593):
- “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.”
The perils are foreshadowed using the archaic word “betokened”; some versions use the archaic term “Wrack” (for the word “Wreck”).
In the Bible at Matthew 16:2-3, Jesus is quoted as saying, “When in evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: For the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather…
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