Now if god made the clouds so

Now, if God made the clouds so beautiful, did He not mean us to gave upon them and be thankful for them? ~Alfred Rowlandqtd in Cyclopaedia of Nature Teachings, 1892, TPVgb reprinted, Qe2

Now and then an ominous black cloud

[N]ow and then an ominous black cloud had blotted-out the sun from our sight, and poured down a deluge till it had spent itself, and then had left the sky glaringly bright and blue… ~Alfred Rowlandqtd in Cyclopaedia of Nature Teachings, 1892, TPVgb reprinted, Qe2

The offing was barred by a black

The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil water-way leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky…. ~Joseph Conrad

There is one spectacle grander than the

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.  ~Victor Hugo

Look up what is that apparition of

Look up! What is that apparition of dazzling brightness rising softly upon the blue sky from behind those tall and massive elms? If you saw it for the first time in your life, you would say it must be some celestial visitant. Is it light itself from heaven taking shape, and just softened and subdued to teh endurance of a mortal vision? It is nothing but a cloud!?mere vapour that the unseen wind moves and moulds, and that the sun shines on for a little time. ~William Smith, Gravenhurst, or Thoughts on Good and Evil, 1862TPVgb, Qe2

I get so excited over sunsets and

I get so excited over sunsets and rainbows etc, when you see them it’s like you can shut out the real world and envelop yourself in a beauty that almost makes it feel like fantasy.  ~Mrs. Ron Harris2011mail

Were i a cloud id gather my

Were I a cloud I’d gather
My skirts up in the air,
And fly well know whither,
And rest I well know where.
~Robert Seymour Bridges

The clouds were drifting over the moon

The clouds were drifting over the moon at their giddiest speed, at one time wholly obscuring her, at another, suffering her to burst forth in full splendor and shed her light on all the objects around; anon, driving over her again, with increased velocity, and shrouding everything in darkness.  ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

Thank god all you who have a

Thank God, all you who have a spark of rational piety in your hearts, for the glorious commonplace of earth and sky,?for this cloud-embosomed planet in which you pass your lives. ~William Smith, Gravenhurst, or Thoughts on Good and Evil, 1862TPVgb, Qe2

Louder and louder the deep thunder rolled

Louder and louder the deep thunder rolled, as through the myriad halls of some vast temple in the sky; fiercer and brighter came the lightning; more and more heavily the rain poured down.  The eye, partaking of the quickness of the flashing light, saw in its every gleam a multitude of objects which it could not see at steady noon in fifty times that period…. in a trembling, vivid, flickering instant, everything was clear and plain: then came a flash of red into the yellow light; a change to blue; a brightness so intense that there was nothing else but light; and then the deepest and profoundest darkness.  ~Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter XLII

When i do not walk in the

When I do not walk in the clouds I walk as though I were lost.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

O it is pleasant with a heart

O it is pleasant, with a heart at ease,
Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies,
To make the shifting clouds be what you please.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Heavens ebon vault studded with stars unutterably

Heaven’s ebon vault,
Studded with stars unutterably bright,
Through which the moon’s unclouded grandeur rolls,
Seems like a canopy which love has spread
To curtain her sleeping world.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

We have not the reverent feeling for

We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made.  We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.  ~Mark Twain

The sky was clear remarkably and

The sky was clear – remarkably clear – and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.  ~Thomas Hardy

It had been gradually getting overcast and

It had been gradually getting overcast, and now the sky was dark and lowering, save where the glory of the departing sun piled up masses of gold and burning fire, decaying embers of which gleamed here and there through the black veil, and shone redly down upon the earth.  The wind began to moan in hollow murmurs, as the sun went down, carrying glad day elsewhere; and a train of dull clouds coming up against it, menaced thunder and lightning.  Large drops of rain soon began to fall, and, as the storm-clouds came sailing onward, others supplied the void they left behind and spread over all the sky.  Then was heard the low rumbling of distant thunder, then the lightning quivered, and then the darkness of an hour seemed to have gathered in an instant.  ~Charles Dickens, Old Curiosity Shop

A cloud lay cradled near the setting

A cloud lay cradled near the setting sun;
A gleam of crimson tinged its braided snow;…
Tranquil its spirit seemed and floated slow;
Even in its very motion there was rest…
~John Wilson

I saw two clouds at morning tinged

I saw two clouds at morning
Tinged by the rising sun,
And in the dawn they floated on
And mingled into one.
~John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

Look at the rainbow and praise him

Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.  It encircles the sky with its glorious arc; the hands of the Most High have stretched it out.  ~Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha) 43:11-12

The white light streams down to be

The white light streams down to be broken up by those human prisms into all the colors of the rainbow.  Take your own color in the pattern and be just that.  ~Charles R. Brown

How oftbe witness guardian of our days

How oft,?be witness, Guardian of our days!…
The sky besprinkled o’er with rainbow hues,
As if angelic wings had wanton’d there;…
~Robert Montgomery, “Death,” A Universal Prayer; Death; A Vision of Heaven; and A Vision of Hell; &c. &c., 1829TPVgb, QE2

I suppose there were moonless nights and

I suppose there were moonless nights and dark ones with but a silver shaving and pale stars in the sky, but I remember them all as flooded with the rich indolence of a full moon.  ~Willa Sibert Cather

Without a wish without will i stood

Without a wish, without a will,
I stood upon that silent hill
And stared into the sky until
My eyes were blind with stars and still
I stared into the sky.
~Ralph Hodgson

The man who has seen the rising

The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

She paced the staircase gallery outside looked out

Florence could not read, or rest a moment. She paced her own room, opened the door and paced the staircase-gallery outside…[S]he… paced the staircase-gallery outside, looked out of the window on the night, listened to the wind blowing and the rain falling, sat down and watched the faces in the fire, got up and watched the moon flying like a storm-driven ship through the sea of clouds.  ~Charles Dickens, Dombey and SonTPV reprinted version

Ye clouds that are the ornament of

Ye clouds, that are the ornament of heaven,
Who give to it its gayest shadowings
And its most awful glories; ye who roll
In the dark tempest, or at dewy evening
Bow low in tenderest beauty; – ye are to us
A volume full of wisdom.
~James Gates Percival

When thou dost shine darkness looks white

When thou dost shine, darkness looks white and fair,
Forms turn to music, clouds to smiles and air;
Rain gently spends his honey-drops, and pours
Balm on the cleft earth, milk on grass and flowers.
Bright pledge of peace and sunshine!
~Henry Vaughan (rainbow)

O beautiful rainbow all woven of

O, beautiful rainbow; – all woven of light!
There’s not in thy tissue, one shadow of night;
Heaven surely is open when thou dost appear,
And, bending above thee, the angels draw near,
And sing, – "The rainbow! the rainbow!
The smile of God is here."
~Sarah Josepha Hale

So sinks the day star in ocean bed

So sinks the day-star in the ocean bed,
And yet anon repairs his drooping head,
And tricks his beams, and with new-spangled ore,
Flames in the forehead of the morning sky.
~John Milton

Artists can color the sky red because

Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue.  Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.  ~Jules Feiffer

If i traveled to the end of

If I traveled to the end of the rainbow
As Dame Fortune did intend,
Murphy would be there to tell me
The pot’s at the other end.
~Bert Whitney