Between the mysteries of death and life Thou standest, loving, guiding, — not explaining; We ask, and Thou art silent, — yet we gaze, And our charmed hearts forget their drear complaining; No crushing fate, no stony destiny! Thou Lamb that hast been slain, we rest in Thee.
The sea of faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled. But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating, to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world.Matthew Arnold
Folds of scarlet drapery shut in my view to the right hand; to the left were the clear panes of glass, protecting, but not separating me from the drear November day. At intervals, while turning over the leaves in my book, I studied the aspect of that winter afternoon. Afar, it offered a pale blank of mist and cloud; near, a scene of wet lawn and storm-beat shrub, with ceaseless rain sweeping away wildly before a long and lamentable blast.charlotte brontë
November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear.walter scott
And fast through the midnight dark and drear, Through the whistling sleet and snow, Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept Towards the reef of Norman's Woe.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Still from the sire the son shall hear Of the stern strife, and carnage drear, Of Flodden's fatal field, When shiver'd was fair Scotland's spear, And broken was her shield!walter scott
Now it is not good for the Christian's health To hustle the Aryan brown, For the Christian riles and the Aryan smiles, and it weareth the Christian down. And the end of the fight is a tombstone white With the name of the late deceased And the epitaph drear: "A fool lies here Who tried to hustle the East."rudyard kipling