If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how men would believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!
- -- Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay "Nature"
Reported in an autobiography to be the inspiration for Isaac Asimov's thirty-second, and most famous, short story, the 1941 "Nightfall", written following a conversation with Astounding Science Fiction magazine's then editor, John W. Campbell.
"Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due" department: The lovely harmonies in Patric Doyle's Non Nobis Domine are from the sound track to Henry V. Patrick Doyle himself is the opening soloist, backed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. I enjoy the entire sound track alone or accompanied by the 1989 movie. The chintzy space allotment for identifying the music couldn't even accommodate the entire name of the orchestra, which prompted my rant that now runs longer than the original comment I wanted to record.
Guess I need more sleep.