The Natural History of Selborne

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Author: Gilbert White

On the Rainbow.

" Look upon the Rainbow, and praise him that made it: very beautiful is it in the brightness thereof."— Eccles., xliii. 11.

On morning or on evening cloud impress’d, Bent in vast curve, the watery meteor shines Delightfully, to th’ levell’d sun opposed: Lovely refraction ! while the vivid brede In listed colours glows, th’ unconscious swain, With vacant eye, gazes on the divine Phenomenon, gleaming o’er the illumined fields, Or runs to catch the treasures which it sheds.

Not so the sage: inspired with pious awe, He hails the federal arch ; and looking up, Adores that God, whose fingers form’d this bow Magnificent, compassing heaven about With a resplendent verge, " Thou mad’st the cloud, " Maker omnipotent, and thou the bow; " And by that covenant graciously hast sworn " Never to drown the world again: henceforth, " Till time shall be no more, in ceaseless round, " Season shall follow season: day to night, " Summer to winter, harvest to seed time, " Heat shall to cold in regular array " Succeed. " — Heav’n taught, so sang the Hebrew bard.

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Chicago: Gilbert White, "On the Rainbow.," The Natural History of Selborne, ed. Bryant Conant, James and trans. Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866 in The Natural History of Selborne Original Sources, accessed September 30, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LJARTZCWDS3864T.

MLA: White, Gilbert. "On the Rainbow." The Natural History of Selborne, edited by Bryant Conant, James, and translated by Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866, in The Natural History of Selborne, Original Sources. 30 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LJARTZCWDS3864T.

Harvard: White, G, 'On the Rainbow.' in The Natural History of Selborne, ed. and trans. . cited in , The Natural History of Selborne. Original Sources, retrieved 30 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LJARTZCWDS3864T.