John Quincy Adams, among his many talents, was also a prolific writer and poet. In honor of today’s total solar eclipse, I give you his sonnet, “To the Sun, Eclipsed” which was written in his diary immediately after a successful viewing in 1846. (An earlier attempt at viewing the solar eclipse was done without protection and temporarily blinded him – so be careful out there! Even our smartest president was prone to make dangerous mistakes).

Source of the sonnet from the Massachusetts Historical Society: