I came across this phrase in literature, and I am not sure what it exactly means? Any help would be appreciated.


D. H. Lawrence:

That in the dark of the night ahead other days stir fecund, when we have lapsed from existence. One knows how utterly we shall lapse.

Han Suyin:

Today is nearly gone, but other todays stir fecund in the word tomorrow, many other todays when this one has lapsed from existence

  • Thanks, I appreciate your useful comments. I initially thought the phrase could be read as "slowly preparing".
    – A. M.
    Aug 22, 2018 at 14:44
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    I really have only found two instances of this collocation of words, and it's exactly the two quotes you have given. The D. H. Lawrence one was written in "Studies in Classic American Literature" published in 1923. It was made while commentating Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The second quote is from a woman Han Suyin in a love story novel published first in 1958. There being only two instances of this I can possibly find on Google, I have to assume the woman was a reincarnation of D. H. Lawrence, with the transference between corporeal beings maintaining Lawrence's idiolect intact.
    – Zebrafish
    Aug 22, 2018 at 14:58

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other days stir fecund google books

Our day is only a day. Who knows how utterly we shall lapse. Other days for other people to come will be fecund (happy, auspicious, fruitful).

fecund OED

Of animals, the earth, etc.: Capable of producing offspring or vegetable growth abundantly; prolific, fertile.

As in:

Beneath it those who listen are aware of a faint, constant stirring, a whisper of green and eager things pushing themselves up from the fecund soil. Kelly, Eleanor Mercein


“In due season all that lives returns to dust, making the earth fecund with life. Smell how the air tonight is pregnant with the flowers’ blooms and their bee-sought sweetness.” Ophelia


Fecund means fertile or productive, so I would suggest await, filled with possibility as a similar meaning in both these cases.

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