I’m not sure if the ms illustration is meant to be moths or butterflies, but in this case they are moths, because of my favourite Jethro Tull song

The leaded window opened
To move the dancing candle flame
And the first Moths of summer
Suicidal came, suicidal came.
And a new breeze chattered
In its May-bud tenderness,
Sending water-lillies sailing
As she turned to get undressed.
And the long night awakened
And we soared on powdered wings,
Circling our tomorrows
In the wary month of Spring.
Chasing shadows slipping
In a magic lantern slide,
Creatures of the candle
On a night-light-ride.
Dipping and weaving
Flutter through the golden needle’s eye
In our haystack madness.
Butterfly-stroking on a Spring-tide high.
Life’s too long (as the Lemming said)
As the candle burned and the Moths were wed.
And we’ll all burn together as the wick grows higher
But before the candle’s dead.
The leaded window opened
To move the dancing candle flame.
And the first moths of summer
Suicidal came, oh, suicidal came.
To join in the worship
Of the light that never dies
In a moment’s reflection
Of two moths spinning in her eyes.
I probably only like it so much because it’s so filthy, most of my favourite TUll songs are pretty mucky.
My mum is terrified of all moths though, something to do with the furry bodies (she’s fine with flutterbies), so I spent considerable amount of my childhood being roused from sleep by a hysterical mother and sent over the road in my nighty to fetch our very tall Canadian nieghbour who was obliging about murdering them for her. He probably thought she was a nutter.

~ by opusanglicanum on July 17, 2018.

9 Responses to “moths”

  1. Hi! I love your beautiful embroidery. I want to start and embroidery project showing bees but have not been able to find any good image examples of medieval depictions of bees. Could you give me any suggestions for sources?

    • I think there’s a beehive in the Lutrell psalter, but bees are not something I’ve particularly studied. I’d start with Google images and work back from there. I think the hours of Anne of Brittany has insects and flowers in the margins, front the c 15th

  2. I love Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull has been one of my favorite bands for decades! Your moths are beautiful, and even before I read the text, my mind was playing the song for me.

    Lee Garig-Meyer

  3. Whatever the original scribe intended, I love your moths!
    And now I’m very curious about Jethro Tull.

  4. Could be colourful bats!

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