On this solstice day we anticipate revival, the beauties of spring, the rich fruits of autumn
"From the oblique position of the ecliptic, the earth continually presents a different face to the sun, and never receives his rays two days together in the same direction. In the day and night, the differences are so obvious, that they need not be mentioned, though they are most remarkable in those climates, where the sun at his setting makes the greatest angle with the horizon. Every hour of the day, the heat varies with the sun's altitude, is altered by the interposition of clouds, and the action of winds; and there is little room to doubt, but what the varous changes that thus take place, concur in producing many of the smaller and greater phenomena of nature.
Be this however as it may, it is certain that the various irregularities and intemperature of the elements, which seem to destory nature in one season, serve to revive it in another: the immoderate heats of summer, and the excessive cold of winter, prepare the beauties of spring, and the rich fruits of autumn. These vicissitudes, which seem to superficial minds the effects of a fortuitious concourse of irregular causes, are regulated according to weight and measure by that SOVEREIGN WISDOM, who weights the earth as a grain of sand, the sea as a drop of water."
~ Astronomical and Geographical Essays: Containing a Full and Comprehensive View, On a New Plan, of the General Priciples of Astronomy; The Use of the Celestial and Terrestrial Gloves, Exemplified in a Greater Variety of Problems, than are to be Found in any Other Work; ... by George Adams, Mathematical Instrument Maker to his Majesty, etc., 1803