Aurora Borealis

Aytoun, William

All night long the northern streamers Shot across the trembling sky: Fearful lights, that never beckon Save when kings or heroes die.

Harper's New Monthly Magazine Edinburgh after Flodden (p. 337) Volume 28, Number 165, February 1864

Burns, Robert

The cauld blae North was streaming forth Her lights, wi' hissing eerie din.

The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns A Vision

Haliburton, T.C.

The sun has scarcely set behind the dark wavy outline of the western hills, ere the aurora borealis mimics its setting beams, and revels with wild delight in the heavens, which it claims as its own, now ascending with meteor speed to the zenith, then dissolving into a thousand rays of variegated light, that vie with each other which shall first reach the horizon; now flashing bright, brilliant and glowing, as emanations of the sun, then slowly retreating from view pale and silvery white like wandering moonbeams.

The Old Judge The Seasons (p. 210)

Kingsley, Charles

Night's son was driving His golden-haired horses up; Over the eastern firths

High flashed their manes.


The Longbeards' Saga

Scott, Robert F.

The eastern sky was massed with swaying auroral light, the most vivid and beautiful display that I have ever seen—fold on fold the arches and curtains of vibrating luminosity rose and spread across the sky, to slowly fade and yet again spring to glowing life. . .

It is impossible to witness such a beautiful phenomenon without a sense of awe, and yet this sentiment is not inspired by its brilliancy but rather by its delicacy of light and colour, its transparency, and above all by its tremulous evanescence of form. There is no glittering splendour to dazzle the eye...rather the appeal is to the imagination by the suggestion of something wholly spiritual, something instinct with a fluttering ethereal life, serenely confident yet restlessly mobile...To the little silent group which stood at gaze before such enchantment it seemed profane to return to the mental and physical atmosphere of our house.

Scott's Last Expedition Chapter XI (p. 227)

Scott, Sir Walter

He knew, by streamers that shot so bright, That spirits were riding the northern light.

The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott The Lay of the Last Minstrel Canto Second VIII, L. 91-2

And the Northern Lights in the crystal nights came forth with a mystic gleam.

They danced and they danced the devil-dance over the naked snow; And soft they rolled like a tide upshoaled with a ceaseless ebb and flow. They rippled green with a wondrous sheen, they fluttered out like a fan; They spread with a blaze of rose-pink rays never yet seen of man.

Collected Poems ofRobert Service The Ballad of the Northern Lights

Some say that the Northern Lights are the glare of the Arctic ice and snow; And some that it's electricity, and nobody seems to know.

Collected Poems ofRobert Service The Ballad of the Northern Lights

Taylor, Bayard

The amber midnight smiles in dreams of dawn.

The Poetical Works of Bayard Taylor From the North

Wilde, Oscar

"What are fireworks like?" she asked...

"They are like the Aurora Borealis," said the King,..."only much more natural. I prefer them to stars myself, as you always know when they are going to appear..."

Oscar Wilde Selected Writing The Remarkable Rocket (p. 196)

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