"With what meditations did Bloom accompany his demonstration to his companion of various constellations? |
Meditations of evolution increasingly vaster: of the moon invisible in incipient lunation, approaching perigee:of the moon invisible in incipient lunation, approaching perigee:" (U17.1040)
|"of the infinite lattiginous scintillating uncondensed milky way, discernible by daylight by an observer placed at the lower end of a cylindrical vertical shaft 5000 ft deep sunk from the surface towards the centre of the earth": (U17.1043)|
|"of Sirius (alpha in Canis Maior) 10 lightyears (57,000,000,000,000 miles) distant and in volume 900 times the dimension of our planet: of Arcturus: of the precession of equinoxes:" (U17.1046)|
|"of Orion with belt and sextuple sun theta and nebula in which 100 of our solar systems could be contained:" (U17.1049)|
|"of moribund and of nascent new stars such as Nova in 1901: of our system plunging towards the constellation of Hercules:" (U17.1050)|
|A titbit (1890) from Sir Robert Ball.|
|"of the parallax or parallactic drift of socalled fixed stars, in reality evermoving wanderers from immeasurably remote eons to infinitely remote futures in comparison with which the years, threescore and ten, of allotted human life formed a parenthesis of infinitesimal brevity." (U17.1052)|
"though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities" (U17.1096) |
|"and to all that is vanity." (17.1099)|
|"the annular cinctures of Saturn:" (U17.1107)|
|"the condensation of spiral nebulae into suns:" (U17.1108)|
|"the systematisations attempted by Bode and Kepler of cubes of distances and squares of times of revolution: the almost infinite compressibility of hirsute comets and their vast elliptical egressive and reentrant orbits from perihelion to aphelion:" (U17.1110)|
|"the sidereal origin of meteoric stones: the Libyan floods on Mars about the period of the birth of the younger astroscopist:" (U17.1113)|
"the annual recurrence of meteoric showers about the period of the feast of S. Lawrence" (U17.1115)|
S. Lawrence is a 3c archdeacon of Rome, born at Huesca (Spain). He was the keeper of the treasures of the church in a time when Christianity was outlawed. On 6 August 258, by decree of Emperor Valerian, Pope Sixtus II and six deacons were beheaded, leaving Lawrence as the ranking Church official in Rome. After the death of Sixtus, the prefect of Rome demanded that Lawrence turn over the riches of the Church. Lawrence asked for three days to gather together the wealth, then distributed as much Church property to the poor as possible. He then presented himself to the prefect of Rome accompanied by a multitude of Rome's poor and crippled, declaring that these were the true treasures of the Church. This act of defiance led directly to his martyrdom.
Tradition holds that he was grilled to death, August 10th 258, hence his symbol the gridiron. He is buried in the cemetery of Saint Cyriaca on the road to Tivoli, Italy.
"(martyr, 10 August):" (U11.1116)|
The Perseid shower of meteors, which occurs annually between August 8-14, was known in the middle ages as the “burning (or fiery) tears of St Lawrence”.