Lytle hwile leof beoth grene thonne hie eft fealewiath, feallath on eorthan and forweorniath weorthiath to duste. For a little while the leaves are green. Then they turn yellow, fall to the ground, and perish, turning to dust. Anonymous
c.900 Second Dialogue of Solomon and Saturn, l.136^8.
The rose is red, the leaves are green, God save Elizabeth, our noble queen. Anonymous
Lines written by a Westminster schoolboy in the margin of his copy of Julius Caesar. Quoted in P W Hasler (ed) The House of Commons,1558^1603 (vol.1), p.474.
Ye Highlands and ye Lawlands, O where hae ye been? They hae slain the Earl of Murray And laid him on the green. Ballads
'The Bonnie Earl of Murray', stanza1.
I went to the Garden of Love, And saw what I never had seen: A chapel was built in the midst Where I used to play on the green. William Blake
Songs of Experience,'The Garden of Love'.
The dusty catastrophe of Asia.Green only on the banner of the Prophet. Nothing grows here except mustaches. Ioseph Brodsky
Less Than One,'Flight From Byzantium'.
Make it a green peace. Bill Darnell
Quoted in Robert Hunter Warriors of the Rainbow (1979).
She wore a frock of frolic green. Michael Drayton
Idea, the Shepherd's Garland,'The Eighth Eclogue'.
Beneath the strain of expectation even the little iced sugar cakes upon the tea-table looked green with worry. (ArthurAnnesley) Ronald Firbank
The Flower Beneath the Foot, ch.3.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedesbeforeus.It eludedusthen, but that's no matterto-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further And one fine morning So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. F(rancis) Scott Key Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby, ch.9.
What use the green river, the gold place, if time and death pinned human in the pocket of my land not rest from taking underground the green all-willowed and white rose and bean flower and morning-mist picnic of song in pepper-pot breast of thrush? Janet Paterson also known as Jean PatersonFrame Frame
Owls Do Cry, pt.1, ch.4.
Far from the sun and summer-gale, In thy green lap was Nature's darling laid. Thomas Gray
Of William Shakespeare. The Progress of Poesy, l.83^4.
Don't be surprised, If I demur, for, be advised, My passport's green. No glass of ours was ever raised To toastThe Queen. SeamusJustin Heaney
'An Open Letter to Blake and Andrew, Editors, Contemporary British Verse, Penguin Books, Middlesex'. Heaney was complaining at his inclusion in the book edited by Blake Morrison and Andrew Motion on the grounds of his Irish nationality.
Verde que te quiero verde. Verde viento.Verdes ramas. El barco sobre la mar y el caballo en la montan a. Green how I love you green. Green wind.Green boughs. The ship on the sea and the horse on the mountain. Federico Garc| a Lorca
^7 Romance sona mbulo.
Annihilating all that's made To a green thought in a green shade. Andrew Marvell
c.1650^1652 'The Garden' (published1681), stanza 6.
And missing thee, I walk unseen On the dry smooth-shaven green, To behold the wandering moon, Riding near her highest noon, Like one that had been led astray Through the heaven's wide pathless way; And oft as if her head she bowed, Stooping through a fleecy cloud. John Milton
c.1631 Il Penseroso, l.65^72.
Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen Within thy airy shell By slow meander's margent green, And in the violet-embroidered vale. John Milton
Comus, A Mask, l.230^3.
But now my task is smoothly done, I can fly, or I can run Quickly to the green earth's end, Where the bow'd welkin slow doth bend, And from thence can soar as soon To the corners of the Moon. John Milton
Comus, A Mask, l.1011^16.
Fair and fair, and twice so fair, As fair as any may be; The fairest shepherd on our green, A love for any lady. George Peele
TheArraignment of Paris, act1, sc.5.
We will watch the sun set againmany times, and perhaps we'll see the Emerald Drop, the green flash that brings good fortune. Jean pseudonym of Ellen Gwendolen Rees Williams Rhys
Wide Sargasso Sea, pt.2.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stop- light. The truly wise person is colour-blind. Albert Schweitzer
Quoted in CBS News tribute,14 Jan. US film director.With films such asTaxi Driver (1976) and Raging Bull (1980), he established himself as one of the foremost directors of his generation.
The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want. He makes me down to lie In pastures green: he leadeth me the quiet waters by. My soul he doth restore again: and me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, ev'n for his own name's sake. Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale, yet will I fear no ill: For thou art with me; and thy rod and staff me comfort still. Scottish Metrical Psalms
Translation of Psalm 23:1^4.
I wield the flail of the lashing hail, And whiten the green plains under, And then again I dissolve it in rain, And laugh as I pass in thunder. Percy Bysshe Shelley
And in the warm hedge grew lush eglantine, Green cowbind and the moonlight-coloured may. Percy Bysshe Shelley
'The Question', stanza 3.
A scoop of pure honey set in a green bowl. Godfrey Smith
Of Bath.The English Companion.
It was a summer evening, Old Kasper's work was done, And he before his cottage door Was sitting in the sun, And by him sported on the green His little grandchild Wilhelmine. Robert Southey
'The Battle of Blenheim'.
Jolly June, arrayed All in green leaves, as he a Player were. Edmund Spenser
The Faerie Queen,'Mutability', canto 7, stanza 35.
'A chilli,'said Rebecca, gasping,'Oh, yes!' She thought a chilli wassomething cool, asitsname imported, and was served with some.'How fresh and green they look,'she said, and put one into her mouth. It was hotter than the curry; flesh and blood could bear it no longer. She laid down her fork.'Water, for Heaven's sake, water!'she cried. William Makepeace ThackeraySearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
^8 Vanity Fair, ch.3
Create and save customized word lists. Sign up today and start improving your vocabulary!
Please set a username for yourself.
People will see it as Author Name with your public word lists.