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    Earth´s lanthorn


    Does the phrase the earth´s lanthorn in the text below mean the moon?

    On a pitch-black night he might have hesitated. Hadn't venomous serpents the habit of stealing for their winter slumber into the crannies and hollows of fallen wood? Might not even the lightest northern zephyr bring down upon his head another vast bulk of timber from the withered labyrinth above? But so bright was the earth's lanthorn, so still the starry sky, that he could hear and even see the seeds from the humbler winter weeds scattering out from their yawning pods, as with exquisite care he brushed on through the tangling growths around him.

    Walter de la Mare, The Tree, 192?

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    Re: Earth´s lanthorn

    I believe yes.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: Earth´s lanthorn

    "Lanthorn" is actually an archaic word for "lantern".

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