Sunday, July 31, 2005

"Witching Time"

“It is now the very witching time of night; when churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood and do such business as the bitter day would quake to look on!” – Shakespeare.

Now that you have read this graphic quote, and I'm curious to know what it brings to your mind; it reminded me first of the warning I gave to someone that kept late hours and slept long into the day. I cautioned them that after about 11:00 at night it is rare that much good is done. And on looking at my life, if I were able to erase all the transgressions committed after eleven, my condition would be much improved. Then I began to try and apply this as a metaphor for the souls condition. What do you think?

Now the opposite direction, I could not recall the name the Puritans give for Midnight revelations, but the following quote follows their thought.
“ This dead of midnight is the noon of thought, and wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.” -- Anna L. Barbauld.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Funny that having a family keeps me in bed before 9 and up at 6. Family keeps me safer for sure. I have become much more fearful of the night as well, I know that danger increases dramatically when one needs to use healights in the car. I can't help but worry about my kids safety. This didn't neccesarily begin with my kids though but with my work with IJM and after working in the tsunami areas. My fear of death and pain has increased in the last few years for sure. I would say at times at an unhealthy level, but I wonder too if I have been given a warning of some kind. Like I could have turned down that road and because I didn't I was spared a nasty blow... -Matt