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Midnight is, in most systems, the transition time period from one day to the next: the moment when the date changes. In the Roman time system midnight was halfway between sunset and sunrise, varying according to the seasons. Solar midnight is that time opposite of solar noon, when the sun is closest to nadir and the night is equidistant from dusk and dawn. Due to the advent of time zones, which make time identical across a range of meridians, and daylight saving time, it rarely coincides with midnight on a clock. Solar midnight is dependent on longitude and time of the year rather than on a time zone. In the northern hemisphere, "midnight" had an ancient geographic association with "north" (as did "noon" with "south" -- see noon). Modern Polish and Ukrainian preserve this association with their words for "midnight" ("północ", "північ" -- literally "half-night"), which also means "north".


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 512.
  • Is there not
    A tongue in every star that talks with man,
    And wooes him to be wise? nor wooes in vain;
    This dead of midnight is the noon of thought,
    And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
  • That hour o' night's black arch the keystane.
  • It was evening here,
    But upon earth the very noon of night.
  • I stood on the bridge at midnight,
    As the clocks were striking the hour,
    And the moon rose over the city,
    Behind the dark church tower.
  • O wild and wondrous midnight,
    There is a might in thee
    To make the charmed body
    Almost like spirit be,
    And give it some faint glimpses
    Of immortality!
  • 'Tis midnight now. The bent and broken moon,
    Batter'd and black, as from a thousand battles,
    Hangs silent on the purple walls of Heaven.
  • Soon as midnight brought on the dusky hour
    Friendliest to sleep and silence.
  • Midnight, yet not a nose
    From Tower Hill to Piccadilly snored!
    • Horace and James Smith, Rejected Addresses, The Rebuilding (Imitation of Southey).
  • Midnight, and yet no eye
    Through all the Imperial City closed in sleep.

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