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At the conclusion of Wallace Stevens’s poem Disillusionment at Ten O’Clock there is a delightful description of :
an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
In red weather.
Which invokes the ole saying:
“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.
Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning”
Which Jesus mentioned in Matthew 16:2,3:
He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say,
It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning,
It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering.
O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky;
but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Always one to get in on a good reference the Bard adds:
“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.”
-Will Shaksper, Venus and Adonis