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A “Nightly Resurrection”

Nature volume 20, page 505 | Download Citation



YESTERDAY, in the Pall Mall Budget of July 11, 1879, p. 22, in a review of Mr. Stevenson's—“Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes,” I read the following, which is an extract of Mr. Stevenson's book. It is a very interesting observation. He slept a good deal under trees at night, and he fays: “And there is one stirring hour unknown to those who dwell in houses, when a wakeful influence goes abroad, and all the out-door world (meaning animals and men who sleep in the open) are on their feet. It is then that the cock first crows…. Cattle awake in the meadows, sheep break their fast on dewy hill-sides, and change to a new lair among the ferns; and houseless men, who have lain down with the fowls, open their dim eyes and behold the beauty of the night…. Even shepherds and old country folk, who are the deepest read in these arcana, have not a guess as to the means or purpose of this nightly resurrection. Towards two in the morning they declare the thing takes place, and neither know nor inquire further.”

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