Cave of Adullum, Simplon Pass

Melville, The Piazza:

[…] and the hermit sun, hutted in an Adullum cave, well towards the south, according to his season, did little else but, by indirect reflection of narrow rays shot down a Simplon Pass among the clouds, just steadily paint one small, round strawberry mole upon the wan cheek of northwestern hills. Signal as a candle. One spot of radiance, where all else was shade.

Simplon Pass, a pass between two Swiss/Italian mountain chains brought to world attention by Napoleon. Cave of Adullum was a hiding place of King David’s mentioned in 1 Samuel 22 (X):

David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.

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