June 11, 2010

Ourania, Muse of the Heavens

Had I thought to look up, I would have noticed these earlier. They tower above the daylilies, bright against the fading Oakleaf Hydrangeas.

Orania, Orienpet Hybrid

OURANIA or Urania was one of the nine Muses, the goddesses of music, song and dance. In Classical times Ourania, translated from the Greek as 'Heavenly,' came to be titled the muse of astronomy and astronomical

"Urania sang of night that clothed the infant world,

In strains as solemn as its dark profound--

How at the call of Jove the mist unfurled,

And o'er the swelling vault--the glowing sky,

The new-born stars hung out their lamps on high,

And rolled their mighty orbs to music's sweetest sound."

- James G. Percival

Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean at www.seedscatterer.blogspot.com in the hot, humid depths of Southwest Georgia where Trumpet lily fragrance is headiest near dark.

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