The pellet with the poison's in the chalice from the palace The flagon with the dragon has the brew that is true.1955 Lines delivered by Danny Kaye in The CourtJester.
Here's the lily, here the roseHer full chalice shall disclose;Here's narcissus wet with dew,Windflower and the violet blue.Wear the garland I have made;Crowned with it, put pride away;For the wreath that blooms must fade;Thou thyself must fade some day, Rhodocleia.maurice baring: "The Garland", from Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches
I know what the caged bird feels, alas! When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;When the wind blows soft through the springing grass,And the river floats like a stream of glass; When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,And the faint perfume from its chalice steals—I know what the caged bird feels!I know why the caged bird beats his wing Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;For he must fly back to his perch and clingWhen he fain would be on the bough a-swing; And a pain still throbs in the old, old scarsAnd they pulse again with a keener sting—I know why he beats his wing!I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—When he beats his bars and he would be free;It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,But a plea that upward to Heaven he flings—I know why the caged bird sings!Paul Laurence Dunbar: Sympathy, in the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar; the poem inspired the title of Maya Angelou's book, Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Lisbeth was his — she was his . . . the words became a beautiful and tender hymn glorifying a love which triumphed over all worldly vicissitudes. The hymn resounded over all the plains, over the ice and snows. In the name of Christ Jesus, he raised the chalice to Bjorn's mouth. In the name of Christ Jesus!johan falkberget: Lisbeth of Jarnfjeld (1930), p. 52
Happy are those who have departed through martyrdom. Unhappy am I that I still survive.… Taking this decision is more deadly than drinking from a poisoned chalice. I submitted myself to Allah's will and took this drink for His satisfaction.ruhollah khomeini: Announcement of ceasefire with Iraq (20 July 1988), quoted in The Iran-Iraq War (2002) by Efraim Karsh
I started my career giving a clinic in bad acting in the film, "The Silver Chalice," and now I'm playing a crusty old man who's an animated automobile [in "Cars"]. That's a creative arc for you, isn't it?paul newman: Quoted in Craig Modderno, "Newman remains animated at 81," Reuters (2006-06-12)
Thou fill'st from the wingèd chalice of the soulThy lamp, O Memory, fire-wingèd to its goal.Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Mnemosyne, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
O, our feeble tests of greatness! Look for one so calm of soulAs to take the even chalice of his life and drink the whole.Noble deeds are held in honor, but the wide world sorely needsHearts of patience to unravel this, — the worth of common deeds.edmund clarence stedman: "Flood-Tide" (1860).
This even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips.William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1605), Act I, scene 7, line 9
"I swear to you, then," said MacIan, after a pause. "I swear to you that nothing shall come between us. I swear to you that nothing shall be in my heart or in my head till our swords clash together. I swear it by the God you have denied, by the Blessed Lady you have blasphemed; I swear it by the seven swords in her heart. I swear it by the Holy Island where my fathers are, by the honour of my mother, by the secret of my people, and by the chalice of the Blood of God." The atheist drew up his head. "And I," he said, "give my word."gilbert keith chesterton: The Ball and the Cross (1909), part II: "The Religion of the Stipendiary Magistrate", last paragraphs
When Socrates was sentenced to death, for his philosophical investigations and his blasphemy for challenging the Gods of the city and he accepted his death. He did say "well, if we're lucky perhaps I'll be able to hold a conversation with other great thinkers and philosophers and doubters too", in other words that the discussion about what is good, what is beautiful, what is noble and what is pure and what is true can always go on. Why is that important, why would I like to do that? Because that is the only conversation worth having. And whether it goes on or not after I die, I don't know, but I do know that it is the conversation I want to have while I am still alive. Which means that for me, the offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith that can't give way, is an offer of something not worth having. I want to live my life taking the risk all the time that I don't know anything like enough yet. That I haven't understood enough, that I can't know enough, that I'm always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom. I wouldn't have it any other way. And I urge you to look at those of you that tell you (at your age) that that you are dead until you believe as they do. (What a terrible thing to be telling to children.) And that you can only live by accepting an absolute authority. Don't think of that as a gift, think of it as a poison chalice. Push it aside no matter how tempting it is. Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way.christopher hitchens: Christopher Hitchens vs. William Dembski, 18/11/2010 (YouTube video)
We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow. To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well.robert h. jackson: Nuremberg Tribunal.Opening Address to the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg Trials (November 10, 1945).
Why do you wash the outside of the chalice? Do you not comprehend that He who creates the inside, is also He who creates the outside?89
The honey-bee that wanders all day long The field, the woodland, and the garden o'er, To gather in his fragrant winter store, Humming in calm content his winter song, Seeks not alone the rose's glowing breast, The lily's dainty cup, the violet's lips, But from all rank and noxious weeds he sips The single drop of sweetness closely pressed Within the poison chalice.Anne C. Lynch Botta, The Lesson of the Bee.
If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly. If the assassination Could trammel up the consequence, and catch, With his surcease, success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We'd jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgement here; that we but teach Bloody instructions, which being taught, return To plague the inventor: this even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips.William Shakespeare, in the first use of the word "assassination" in Macbeth (c. 1605)