Light of nature


  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Light of nature intellectual perception or intuition:
    • Light of nature (theol.) man's capacity of discovering truth unaided by revelation
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  • Thomas Vaughan
    Thomas Vaughan
    “Have thy heart in heaven and thy hands upon the earth. Ascend in piety and descend in charity. For this is the Nature of Light and the way of the children.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “Come into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leóht; Ger. licht.


In literature:

He looked upon nature in the reflected light of his own heart.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844" by Various
It was that light which had lured us away from all the charms of nature to a region of ugliness, even of squalor.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
This doctrine of the continuity of germ-plasm throws a fresh light on the nature of human relationships.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
This threw light on his own suspicion that he was attached to causes that could only, in the nature of things, be unpopular.
"The Bostonians, Vol. I (of II)" by Henry James
These Pads rest lightly and comfortably over the natural cushion of muscles forming the rump.
"Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured" by Chas. Cluthe & Sons
No light was visible in the house; no sound of any nature was heard.
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
We do not pay for the light of the sun, because Nature alone gives it to us.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
The best action of guano is undoubtedly upon naturally poor or worn out light sandy soils.
"Guano" by Solon Robinson
We have seen what the spectroscope reveals about the varying nature of light wave-lengths.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
The natural ceiling was high, and through the face of the cliff light was admitted through several zig-zag cracks.
"Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"" by An Old Scout
It was, therefore, in the very nature of the institution, that when it did punish materially it punished more lightly.
"A Short History of England" by G. K. Chesterton
The soil where this original tree stands is of a light, sandy nature.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
But many blindly grope upon their way, Refusing all the light of Nature's ray.
"The Song of the Exile--A Canadian Epic" by Wilfred S. Skeats
The velocity of light is a thing that is fixed by the nature of space, right?
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
The Dictator took the letter good-naturedly, and began to open it under the light of the lamp which hung over the bridge.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
Her little body was clothed in an admirably fitting garment of light-brown skin, the gift of Nature.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mr Bain was a good-natured, light-hearted Highlander, and his lady a pretty lass of twenty-three.
"Hudson Bay" by R.M. Ballantyne
This letter seemed to restore to Dolores the natural light-heartedness of youth.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
The natives of Tonga were slightly tattooed, and their natural complexion was of a light copper colour.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
These are regulated in part by the light of nature.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham

In poetry:

A mingling light of joy and love,
Of peace and hope a blended sound;
Heaven's azure arches spread above,
And laughing Nature all around.
"Anxieties and Comforts" by John Bowring
With us all natural sights,
All notes of natural scale;
With us the starry lights;
With us the nightingale;
With us the heart and secret of the worldly tale.
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
A beckoning spirit of gladness seemed afloat,
That lightly danced in laughing air before us:
The earth was all in tune, and you a note
Of Nature's happy chorus.
"A Golden Hour" by William Watson
However, if we trust our Conscience's Guide,
We sure shall have the truth and God beside:
This Urge of destiny is Nature's light,
It ne'er shall go astray if followed right.
"The World and You" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Who says, the wan autumnal soon
Beams with too faint a smile
To light up nature's face again,
And, though the year be on this wane,
With thoughts of spring the heart beguile?
"Burial" by John Keble
But the light is swiftly fading,
And the wind is icy cold,
And a mist the moon is shading,
Pallid in the western gold;
In the night-winds still ye nod,
Sentinels of Nature's God.
"In The Winter Woods" by Frederick George Scott

In news:

It's important to prepare for winter by taking care of the portals that allow natural light into your home: windows and skylights .
Take a full moon with a snowy night sky, and, for some, it's just the right time of night to strap on some cross-country skis or snowshoes and head away from the city lights into natural surroundings.
Your favorite books within easy reach, a comfy seat and lots of warm, natural light — these are the three features that make an inviting book nook.
For $3.4 million, the modern, minimalistic home has incredible natural light, 4,500 square feet, three bedrooms and an unobstructed view of the Hudson River.
Going after the "fees" Mitt Romney introduced as governor of Massachusetts, President Obama on Saturday in Nashua, N.H. Made light of conspiracy theories alleging he's not a natural born US citizen.
The numerous large windows throughout the property bring in lots of natural light and cross-ventilation.
Lights can work in concert with the help of a special sensor that measures the incoming natural light .
In light of the natural disaster that is superstorm Sandy, I think it is time for the banking - 4:47 pm.
Music by Max Richter, sound by Fergus O'Hare and lighting by Natasha Chivers all add to the sinister nature of the proceedings.
Projects division recently completed the specialist supply and installation of gallery lighting for London's Natural History Museum's new T. The Killer Question exhibition.
Lighting designer Gregory Cohen used a variety of light pastel hues so as to not overwhelm the natural beauty of the orchids .
With walls of windows, the living room enjoys natural light while offering panoramic views of the city.
This illustration shows the dual nature of light, which acts like both particles and waves.
Taylor's Tonics introduces new Chai Cola Light, Cola Azteca and Maté Mojito to its line of all-natural sodas .
The work on the Senate staircase showcases the work of long-gone master carvers, allowing it to be seen with natural light once again.

In science:

However, at the galactic level there are no models consistent with the cosmological ones, and which give some light in the understanding of the nature of dark matter.
Quintessence-like Dark Matter in Spiral Galaxies
In Section III we describe the theory in the language of light-front quantized M-theory, and discuss the second-quantized nature of the resulting space-time theory.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Such changes did not affect the Lambertian nature of the scattered light in any significant way.
Design of one-dimensional Lambertian diffusers of light
The light-cone Hamiltonian that naturally arises in this case is ∆ − 2JR , which is a linear combination of ke+ and kMij , and which is indeed kept finite.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
There are important consequences involved, as we need to reconsider the nature of light received from a reddened star.
The incompatibilities between the standard theory of interstellar extinction and observations
In the light of the above example it seems natural to address the following question.
Counting sets with small sumset, and the clique number of random Cayley graphs
The Schr¨odinger picture gives perhaps a more natural approach to understanding the quantum effects of optical instruments on light.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
Our model enables us to simulate a quantum random walk with use of the wave nature of classical light fields.
Simulation of quantum random walks using interference of classical field
In this paper, we suggest a theoretical scheme to simulate quantum random walks on a line using the wave nature of classical light fields.
Simulation of quantum random walks using interference of classical field
The vector nature of light is usually represented by its polarization state which can change upon reflection and transmission through components such as mirrors, lens, and occulting stops.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
However, in light of the strength of the K3 instability and as we will show, the associated energy scale, the transition out of the PE phase is most naturally driven by the K3 mode, corresponding to path (3).
The ferroelectric transition in YMnO$_3$ from first principles
On the light of the remarks of , it is natural to wonder if these or some of these algebras are not really subalgebras of the standard triple extended Lie algebras.
Standard and Non-standard Extensions of Lie algebras
The form of this equation without the tidal potential already sheds some light on the nature of the various solutions.
The dynamics of eccentric accretion discs in superhump systems
This procedure has been carried out for D-dimensional gravity in the light-cone gauge by Goroff and Schwartz , (see also ) but the complicated nature of the second class constraints in our case makes it unlikely that one can do this at all simply in the present formalism.
Hamiltonian analysis of the double null 2+2 decomposition of Ashtekar variables
To also demonstrate the particle nature of light would not be easy, but a possible approach using very low light levels (essentially one photon at a time) is discussed in Kendon and Sanders (2004).
A random walk approach to quantum algorithms