Sweet Moon, I thank you for your sunny beams

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We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

The Tempest Act 4, scene 1.   William Shakespeare

Was I still dreaming of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich when I took this picture of the moon shining through our library window at 3:30 this morning?

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The hall was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, and the interior decorated by James Thornhill.


The  wall and ceiling decorations of the hall depict the succession of English monarchs from William and Mary to George 1. The College was originally Greenwich Hospital where disabled sailors of the Royal Navy lived and were treated from 1692 1869.

The title quote is from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 5 Scene 1.


  1. I Love the Royal Naval College in Greenwich! I was just there a couple of months ago. It is awe-some (in the real meaning of the word) and you have captured it beautifully! and your photo is beautiful and dreamy and cleverly linked with the Shakespearean quotes.

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