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[Note: the original text had two footnotes 160 and two footnotes 396. I have indicated these by naming them 160a and b, and 396a and b. In the Index, I changed the spelling of "Aglonquins" to "Algonquins". All other spelling remains the same.]

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VOYAGING TO THE MOON From Domingo Gonsales [A.D. 1638] See page 46.

MOON LORE

BY THE

REV. TIMOTHY HARLEY, F.R.A.S.

"And when the clear moon, with its soothing influences, rises full in my view, from the wall like rocks, out of the damp underwood, the silvery forms of past ages hover up to me, and soften the austere pleasure of contemplation."

Goethe's "Faust." Hayward's Translation, London , 1855, p . 100.

LONDON: SWAN SONNENSCHEIN, LE BAS & LOWREY, PATERNOSTER SQUARE 1885

BUTLER & TAYLOR THE SELWOOD PRINTING WORKS FROME, AND LONDON

"I beheld the moon walking in brightness." Job xxxi. 26.

"The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained." Psalm viii. 3.

"Who is she that looketh forth, fair as the moon?" Solomon's Song vi. 10.

"The precious things put forth by the moon." Deuteronomy xxxiii. 14.

"Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale." Addison's Ode .

"In fall orbed glory, yonder moon Divine Rolls through the dark blue depths." Southey's Thalaba .

"Queen of the silver bow! by thy pale beam, Alone and pensive, I delight to stray, And watch thy shadow trembling in the stream, Or mark the floating clouds that cross thy way; And while I gaze, thy mild and placid light Sheds a soft calm upon my troubled breast: And oft I think fair planet of the night That in thy orb the wretched may have rest; The sufferers of the earth perhaps may go Released by death to thy benignant sphere; And the sad children of despair and woe Forget in thee their cup of sorrow here. Oh that I soon may reach thy world serene, Poor wearied pilgrim in this toiling scene!" Charlotte Smith .

PREFACE

This work is a contribution to light literature, and to the literature of light. Though a monograph, it is also a medley.

The first part is mythological and mirthsome. It is the original nucleus around which the other parts have gathered. Some years since, the writer was led to investigate the world wide myth of the Man in the Moon, in its legendary and ludicrous aspects; and one study being a stepping stone to another, the ball was enlarged as it rolled.

The second part, dealing with moon worship, is designed to show that anthropomorphism and sexuality have been the principal factors in that idolatry which in all ages has paid homage to the hosts of heaven, as heaved above the aspiring worshipper. Man adores what he regards as higher than he. And if the moon is supposed to affect his tides, that body becomes his water god.

The third part treats of lunar superstitions, many of which yet live in the vagaries which sour and shade our modern sweetness and light.

The fourth and final part is a literary essay on lunar inhabitation, presenting in nuce the present state of the enigma of "the plurality of worlds."

Of the imperfections of his production the author is partly conscious. Not wholly so; for others see us often more advantageously than we see ourselves. But a hope is cherished that this work a compendium of lunar literature in its least scientific branches may win a welcome which shall constitute the worker's richest reward. To the innumerable writers who are quoted, the indebtedness felt is inexpressible.

CONTENTS.

I MOON SPOTS 1 Introduction 1 2 The Man in the Moon 5 3 The Woman in the Moon 53 4 The Hare in the Moon 60 5 The Toad in the Moon 69 6 Other Moon Myths 71

II MOON WORSHIP 1 Introduction 77 2 The Moon Mostly a Male Deity 82 3 The Moon a World Wide Deity 87 4 The Moon a Water Deity 132

III MOON SUPERSTITIONS 1 Introduction 145 2 Lunar Fancies 152 3 Lunar Influences 175

IV MOON INHABITATION

APPENDIX 259 NOTES 263 INDEX 285

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