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A crescent shape (/ˈkrɛsənt/, British English also {/ˈkrɛzənt/ is a symbol or emblem used to represent the lunar phase in the first quarter (the "sickle moon"), or by extension a symbol representing the Moon itself.


You brighten the night sky in the broad firmament, and illuminate the darkness. The Anuna gods stand by with prayers and supplications at your rising. The sweet sight of your resplendent crescent, full of loveliness, brings joy to the great lady of the Ki-ur, mother Ninlil. ~ Ishme-Dagan
  • Hail, pallid crescent, hail!
    Let me look on thee where thou sitt'st for aye
    Like memory—ghastly in the glare of day,
    But in the evening, light.
  • The stars were glittering in the heaven's dusk meadows,
    Far west, among those flowers of the shadows,
    The thin, clear crescent lustrous over her,
    Made Ruth raise question, looking through the bars
    Of heaven, with eyes half-oped, what God, what comer
    Unto the harvest of the eternal summer,
    Had flung his golden hook down on the field of stars.
  • Every phase of our life belongs to us. The moon does not, except in appearance, lose her first thin, luminous curve, nor her silvery crescent, in rounding to her full.
  • The smile that flickers on baby's lips when he sleeps—does anybody know where it was born? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning.

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