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Hunter’s Moon

Moon - Claire de Lune


Last night was another full moon. At this time of the year, it is referred to most often as the Hunter’s Moon, and sometimes as the Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon. The reference dates to agrarian times when, after the harvest and with the fallen leaves, the moonlight provides ample illumination for hunting at night, gathering meat which will be stored for the upcoming winter months.


Following is a musical composition for piano by Claude Debussy, titled Clair de Lune (French for moonlight), composed in 1890 and inspired by the poem bearing the same name written by Paul Verlaine in 1869.



Clair de Lune – Paul Verlaine

In its original French:

Votre âme est un paysage choisi
Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques
Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi
Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques.

Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur
L’amour vainqueur et la vie opportune
Ils n’ont pas l’air de croire à leur bonheur
Et leur chanson se mêle au clair de lune,

Au calme clair de lune triste et beau,
Qui fait rêver les oiseaux dans les arbres
Et sangloter d’extase les jets d’eau,
Les grands jets d’eau sveltes parmi les marbres.

English Translation:  (per Wikipedia)

Your soul is a chosen landscape
Where charming masqueraders and bergamaskers go
Playing the lute and dancing and almost
Sad beneath their fanciful disguises.

All sing in a minor key
Of victorious love and the opportune life,
They do not seem to believe in their happiness
And their song mingles with the moonlight,

With the still moonlight, sad and beautiful,
That sets the birds dreaming in the trees
And the fountains sobbing in ecstasy,
The tall slender fountains among marble statues


  1. October 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    b e a u t I f u l.

    Clair de Lune is music to pray to.

    hope you are well, dear Phil.

    • October 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you Kim. I am well. A bit overworked, but nothing I should be complaining about.

      I hope you and your family are well too.

  2. October 20, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Wow wow wow! Glorious shot – and lovely music!

    • October 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

      I can’t take credit for that shot – I just loved it when I saw it. I’m glad you enjoyed the music

  3. October 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    You sure know how to get to this child of the moon…I’m bewitched.

    • October 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Lorna. I haven’t had much time to write, but the music posts are always an easy (or is it lazy) way to get something out there on WordPress.

      • October 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        I’m just glad you’ve dipped your twinkle toes back into this pond, Buddy! Always a delight to see you pop up! Oh, wait, that didn’t sound right… 😉

        • October 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

          Comments like that make me swell with pride. Oh wait, that didn’t sound right either… 😀

          • October 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm

            🙂 😉 Oh, how I’ve missed you, my friend…

  4. October 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Lovely variety of images in the video. Clair de Lune is enjoyable to listen to
    because of all of the musical changes … a quietly soothing tune.

    • October 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      It is quite a soothing piece. Perfect music to meditate by.

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