Sunday, 11 October 2015

Marvel of my day



"Lord, now lettest Thou thy servant depart in peace," sang Eli and, without I hope being blasphemous, I have a milder version of the same sense of deep satisfaction.

For Lo! the moth I have been hoping for more than anything except one of the Clifden Nonpareils which have made a startlingly large number of appearances in these parts this autumn, flew in last night.


It is the ravishing, and ravishingly-named Merveille du Jour, one of the most inspired of the many lovely coinings of the literary and artistic coterie - including the famous clown Joey Grimaldi and many talented 18th century painters - who named our butterflies and moths. I'm glad they did, because the mighty Linnaeus gave the moth the unmemorable and possibly misleading name of Griposia aprilina.


I think that I can leave the pictures to tell the story other than to say that it was a near miss. The moth was outside the trap and you may be able to see from dimpled grass in the second photograph below how nearly I came to treading on it. Luckily, I have learned to give the lamp's surroundings a good inspection before turning to the eggboxes themselves.


Hope you can see the moth, a bit left of centre

I shall now go an have my shower, during which I will sing one of my favourite hymns, Penny being a hundred miles away on her Women's Walking Weekend. Here are the words:


Hushed was the evening hymn,
The temple courts were dark;
The lamp was burning dim
Before the sacred ark;
When suddenly a voice divine
Rang through the silence of the shrine.


The old man, meek and mild,
The priest of Israel, slept;
His watch the temple child,
The little Levite, kept;
And what from Eli’s sense was sealed
The Lord to Hannah’s son revealed.


O give me Samuel’s ear,
The open ear, O Lord,
Alive and quick to hear
Each whisper of Thy Word,
Like him to answer at Thy call,
And to obey Thee first of all.


O give me Samuel’s heart,
A lowly heart, that waits
Where in Thy house Thou art,
Or watches at Thy gates;
By day and night, a heart that still
Moves at the breathing of Thy will.


O give me Samuel’s mind,
A sweet unmurm’ring faith,
Obedient and resigned
To Thee in life and death,
That I may read with child like eyes
Truths that are hidden from the wise.


He's gone all holy this morning

There's a plinky-plonky version of the tune here if you'd like to rock along. Good last lines, eh? Another more secular moral to this morning's events may be the old proverb: 'Everything comes to him who waits." But I worry about this as a possible invitation to lethargy and prefer Cromwell's typically robust: "We must not wait for the iron to heat but must make it hot by striking."

Much to mull on. The rest of the catch tomorrow after P's joyous return.


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