Old travelers sayings
November 19, 2006 6:57pm CST
Have you ever heard the saying, "red sky at night" do you know the rest? I'll tell you.
21 Nov 06
There are a couple of versions of this phrase and the original is a little different. It is a very old saying passed down by word of mouth, then written down. The written version is in Matthew XVI in the Wyclif Bible, from as early as 1395: "The eeuenynge maad, ye seien, It shal be cleer, for the heuene is lijk to reed; and the morwe, To day tempest, for heuen shyneth heuy, or sorwful." The Authorised Version gives that in a more familiar form: "When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and louring." The generally accepted version of mariners is that 'red sky at night, sailors' delight. red sky in the morning, sailors' warning.' So, a red sky at night means it will be a good night for sailing, whereas a red sky in the morning means rough weather.