A serious house on serious earth it is, In whose blent air all our compulsions meet, Are recognised, and robed as destinies.Philip Arthur Larkin: 1954 'Church Going'.
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea, The ploughman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me. Now fades the glimmering landscapes on the sight, And all the air a solemn stillness holds, Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight, And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds.thomas gray: 1751Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, l.1-8.
We'll all go together when we go, Every Hottentot and every Eskimo, When the air becomes uranious, We'll all go simultaneous, Yes, we'll all go together when we go.Tom (Thomas Andrew) Lehrer: 1953 'We'll All Go Together When We Go', satirical song.
This having learnt, thou hast attained the sum Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st by name, and all th'ethereal powers, All secrets of the deep, all nature's works, Or works of God in heav'n, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches of this world enjoy'dst, And all the rule, one empire; onlyadd Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith, Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love, By name to come called charity, the soul Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A paradise within thee, happier far.john milton: 1665 Michael to Adam. Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.12, l.575-87.
Outside the open window The morning air is all awash with angels.Richard Wilbur: 1956 Things ofThisWorld,'Love Calls Us to theThings ofThis World'.
The air isnot sofull of motes, of atoms, asthe church is of mercies.john donne: 1624 Sermons,'Christmas Day,1624'.
Gentlemen know that fresh air should be kept in its proper placeout of doorsand that,God having given us indoors and out-of-doors, we should not attempt to do away with that distinction.Dame (Emilie) Rose Macaulay: 1926 Crewe Train, pt.1, ch.5.
The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it; just as running water carries all the things that float upon it.Leonardo daVinci: Notebooks. Quoted in Vincent Cronin The Flowering of the Renaissance (1969).
Sir Roger told them, with the air of a man who would not give his judgement rashly, that much might be said on both sides.joseph addison: 1711 In The Spectator, no.122, 20 Jul.
Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.john milton: 1642 The Reason of Church Government, bk.2, introduction, 'Plans and Projects'.